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Case Name EEOC v. Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A. EE-TX-0183
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-01892 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in August 2004. The case was assigned to Judge David Godbey. The complaint was filed on behalf of four female employees alleging ... read more >
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in August 2004. The case was assigned to Judge David Godbey. The complaint was filed on behalf of four female employees alleging they had experienced sexual harassment and constructive discharge for complaining in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC sought monetary and injunctive relief on behalf of four former female employees of Jefferson Dental.

In January 2005, the four female complainants moved to intervene in the case. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in March 2005. Both of these motions were denied on September 7, 2005: the proposed intervenors could not intervene because they had already brought a suit on the same claims in state court. The defendant could not get summary judgment based on the existing state court case because the EEOC and the proposed intervenors were not in privity with each other. 2005 WL 2170858.

On February 3, 2006, the defendant filed a motion for an interlocutory appeal of the district court's denial of summary judgment. On May 29, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s order in part, requiring summary judgment in favor of the defendant on some but not all of the EEOC’s claims, and remanded the case. At the Fifth Circuit, the case was heard before Judge Carolyn King, Judge Wiener, and Judge Edith Brown Clement. 478 F.3d 690.

On May 21, 2008, the parties reached a settlement agreement, and the court entered a consent decree. Under the terms of this consent decree, Jefferson Dental had to publish a non-harassment policy and provide non-harassment training for its employees. The consent decree was to last for one year after its date of entry, during which the district court would have jurisdiction to enforce it.

No entries appear in the docket since 2008. The consent decree expired in May 2009, so the case is presumably closed.

Kevin Wilemon - 10/17/2008
Rebecca Strauss - 07/06/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Goals and Timekeeping
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Required disclosure
Training
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of four female employees who had experienced workplace sexual harassment and were discharged for complaining.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2009
Filing Year 2004
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
06-10090 (U.S. Court of Appeals)
EE-TX-0183-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:04-cv-01892 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0183-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/23/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-TX-0183-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/30/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [ECF# 31] (2005 WL 2170858) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0183-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/07/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Memorandum Opinion and Order (2005 WL 3050319) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0183-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/10/2005
Opinion [Ct. of App. ECF# BL-26] (478 F.3d 690)
EE-TX-0183-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/12/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Untitled
EE-TX-0183-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment
EE-TX-0183-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/29/2007
Consent Decree [ECF# 56]
EE-TX-0183-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Clement, Edith Brown (E.D. La., Fifth Circuit)
EE-TX-0183-0011 | EE-TX-0183-0012
Godbey, David C. (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0183-0006 | EE-TX-0183-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Suzanne M. (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000
Anderson, Theodore Carl III (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000
Backhaus, William C. (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000
Canino, Robert Anthony (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000
Clark, Joel P. (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000
Francis, Ronetta J. (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Chapman, Ron W (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000
Villani, Denise C. (Texas)
EE-TX-0183-9000

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