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Case Name EEOC v. Razzoo's EE-TX-0296
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00562 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Dallas district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Razzoo's, L.P., a bar company, in March 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC argued that Razzoo's had violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by engaging in a pattern or practice of ... read more >
The Dallas district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Razzoo's, L.P., a bar company, in March 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC argued that Razzoo's had violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against a named male complainant and a class of similarly situated men. The EEOC claimed that Razzoo’s had subjected males to disparate terms and conditions of employment, termination, and promotion, and had refused to hire male applicants for bartender positions.

On September 20, 2007, the Court (Judge Jorge A Solis) limited the class action size to ninety after the EEOC claimed that the class might be anywhere from ninety to one hundred and fifty and the defendant argued that the class should be limited to seventeen. In April 2008 the parties settled the case, and on May 6, 2008, Judge Solis signed a consent decree that required the EEOC to waive any further right to raise claims, and Razzoo’s agreed to neither discriminate nor retaliate against any employee as stated in Title VII. Specifically, Razzoo’s was required to: refrain from creating a hostile environment for male employees, abandon a 80/20 quota hiring system that favored women, train all employees in gender-neutral hiring and promotion practices, refrain from retaliation against any employee who makes a complaint to the EEOC, affirm a “Zero Tolerance Policy” regarding discrimination and retaliation, and spend no less than $225,000.00 to retain the services of a human resources firm to establish a Human Resources Department within Razzoo’s. Additionally, Razzoo’s was required to establish a $775,000.00 Claim Fund to resolve all claims for damages resulting from the case. The consent decree was in effect for thirty months and it was not be construed as an admission of wrongdoing by Razzoo’s. 2005 WL 6188542.

The case is now closed.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/03/2008
Mary Kate Sickel - 03/26/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
EEOC intervened in private suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Razzoo's, L.P.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se 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 2008 - 2011
Filing Year 2005
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:05-cv-00562 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0296-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/03/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-TX-0296-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/22/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0296-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/11/2006
Order [ECF# 73] (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0296-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/23/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
30-Day Order of Dismissal [ECF# 83] (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0296-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/29/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 84] (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0296-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/06/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ramirez, Irma C. (N.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0296-0004
Solis, Jorge Antonio (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0296-0005 | EE-TX-0296-0006 | EE-TX-0296-9001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Suzanne M. (Texas)
EE-TX-0296-0006 | EE-TX-0296-9001
Backhaus, William C. (Texas)
EE-TX-0296-9001
Canino, Robert Anthony (Texas)
EE-TX-0296-0006 | EE-TX-0296-9001
Clark, Joel P. (Texas)
EE-TX-0296-9001
Francis, Ronetta J. (Texas)
EE-TX-0296-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Cowan, Molly B. (Texas)
EE-TX-0296-0006 | EE-TX-0296-9001
Luxen, Robert E. (Texas)
EE-TX-0296-0006 | EE-TX-0296-9001

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