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Case Name Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Bellair Cleaners Inc. EE-TX-0261
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-03004 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006, the Houston Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against a conglomerate of dry cleaning service providers, Defendants Bellair Cleaners, Inc., Denville

Business, Inc, Heaven Star Enterprises, LLC; Heaven Star Enterprises I, LP, and Anna Naaz, Inc., in the U.S. District ... read more >
In September 2006, the Houston Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against a conglomerate of dry cleaning service providers, Defendants Bellair Cleaners, Inc., Denville

Business, Inc, Heaven Star Enterprises, LLC; Heaven Star Enterprises I, LP, and Anna Naaz, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the complaining party to a sexually hostile work environment, culminating in her constructive discharge. The primary defendant declared bankruptcy in January 2008. Following discovery, the case was tried before a jury in February 2008.

The jury found in favor of the plaintiff EEOC. The subsequent injunctive judgment required the defendant to: allow access to the EEOC to monitor for compliance, utilize objective hiring criteria, post notice of employee rights and the judgment against the defendant, pay $55,000 to the complaining party; going forward, the judgment enjoined the defendant from discriminating. The injunctive judgment was set to last for 3 years.

The only subsequent activity that appears on the docket is costs assessed against the defendant. The case is closed.

Daisy Manning - 05/13/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Anna Naaz Inc
Bellair Cleaners Inc.
Denville Business, Inc.
Heaven Star Enterprises I, LP
Heaven Star Enterprises LLC
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 2008 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:06-cv-03004 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0261-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/22/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Original Complaint
EE-TX-0261-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/25/2006
First Amended Original Complaint
EE-TX-0261-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/19/2007
Jury Verdict (2008 WL 728449)
EE-TX-0261-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/07/2008
Order Granting Injunctive Relief (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0261-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/29/2008
Judgment (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0261-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/29/2008
Judges Rosenthal, Lee Hyman Court not on record
EE-TX-0261-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boutchee, Kathy D (Texas)
EE-TX-0261-9000
Bowne, Timothy M. (Texas)
EE-TX-0261-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Harmeyer, William F. (Texas)
EE-TX-0261-9000

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