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Case Name EEOC v. GEOSCIENCE ENGINEERING &TESTING INC EE-TX-0142
Docket / Court 4:05-cv-03365 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2005, the EEOC district office in Houston, Texas brought this case against Geoscience Engineering & Testing, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint states that two females were constructively discharged after being sexually harassed by ... read more >
In September 2005, the EEOC district office in Houston, Texas brought this case against Geoscience Engineering & Testing, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint states that two females were constructively discharged after being sexually harassed by supervisors, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although both women complained, nothing was done and the harassment continued. After the court granted in part an EEOC motion for partial summary judgment, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in May 2007.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of sex, not recruit 19-year old students wishing to fulfill credit requirements, issue only neutral references, not created employee files referencing this litigation, provide 2 hours of EEO training annually, implement complaint procedures, implement a sexual harassment policy, post an EEO notice, pay the women a total of $15,000, and make annual compliance reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the decree run for four years.

Jason Chester - 07/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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) Geoscience Engineering & Testing, Inc.
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2007 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
4:05-cv-03365 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0142-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/11/2008
General Documents
Complaint
EE-TX-0142-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/29/2005
Memorandum Opinion and Order (2007 WL 951632 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22330) (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0142-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/28/2007
Consent Decree
EE-TX-0142-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/18/2007
Judges Werlein, Ewing Jr. Court not on record
EE-TX-0142-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adewale-Mendes, Rose (Texas)
EE-TX-0142-9000
Ebron, Erania (Texas)
EE-TX-0142-9000
McFerren, Aimee Lynn (Texas)
EE-TX-0142-9000
Sacher, James Philip (Texas)
EE-TX-0142-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Overstreet, James Nathan (Texas)
EE-TX-0142-9000

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