Case: United States of America v. City of Bastrop, Louisiana

3:01-cv-00116 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Jan. 19, 2001

Closed Date: Oct. 1, 2006

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

On January 19, 2001 the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the City of Bastrop in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The D.O.J., alleging that the defendant discriminated against a white employee on the basis of her race and sexually harassed her creating a hostile work environment, sought injunctive and monetary relief.

On October 1, 2001, the district court (Judge Robert G. James) accepted a consent decree, which provided that the defendant would pay the female employee $100,000 in damages and would enjoin their employees from engaging in actions that are racially discriminatory. The consent decree further provided that the defendant would implement a training program to educate all city employees about harassment.The decree was effective for five years.

The case is closed and we have no further information.

Summary Authors

Janani Iyengar (11/21/2007)

People


Judge(s)

James, Robert Gillespie (Louisiana)

Kirk, James D. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Broadwell, John A. (Louisiana)

Danis, Jodi B (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Flanagan, William J. (Louisiana)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)

Ruiz, Hector F. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lawrence, Leo Douglas (Louisiana)

Judge(s)

James, Robert Gillespie (Louisiana)

Kirk, James D. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Broadwell, John A. (Louisiana)

Danis, Jodi B (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Flanagan, William J. (Louisiana)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)

Ruiz, Hector F. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lawrence, Leo Douglas (Louisiana)

Roberts, C. Joseph III (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

USA v. Bastrop

March 31, 2006 Docket
1

Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial

USA v. Bastrop

Jan. 19, 2001 Complaint
2

Answer

USA v. Bastrop

Feb. 16, 2001 Pleading / Motion / Brief
13

Consent Decree

USA v. Bastrop

Oct. 1, 2001 Settlement Agreement
24

Finding of Civil Contempt

USA v. Bastrop

Jan. 17, 2006 Order/Opinion
28

Compliance Report

March 17, 2006 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link

Amount of fee $0/USA. (Gilmer, P) (Entered: 01/19/2001)

Jan. 19, 2001

CASE ASSIGNED to Magistrate Judge James D Kirk for discovery. (Prest, B) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 19, 2001
1

COMPLAINT filed w/jury demand (Prest, B) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 19, 2001
2

ANSWER to Complaint by City of Bastrop (Joffrion, B) (Entered: 02/16/2001)

Feb. 16, 2001
4

LETTER by Jodi B Danis to Clerk requesting her name be added as counsel of record for the USA and that copies of all communications be sent to her. (McInnis, S) (Entered: 05/29/2001)

May 29, 2001
5

UNOPPOSED MOTION w/brief by U S A for the Court to schedule a telephonic status conference with Proposed Order referred to Judge Robert G James (McInnis, S) Modified on 06/08/2001 (Entered: 06/08/2001)

June 8, 2001
6

ORDER: Granting [5-1] motion for the Court to schedule a telephonic status conference set telephone conference for 10:00 AM, 6/19/01 before Magistrate Judge James D. Kirk The Government will initiate the telephone status conference (signed by Judge Robert G James) NOE by: dd (Dickerson, D) (Entered: 06/13/2001)

June 13, 2001
7

MINUTE ENTRY of telephone status conference held 6/19/01 re: finding an acceptable person to conduct the training, each of the parties having a duty to contact that person to enlist his agreement so that a settlement agreement may be entered in this case. This order shall not, however, delay the Order issued herewith concerning the 26(f) conference. FURTHER ORDERED that the parties cooperate on discussing the progress of the case, settlement and discovery by communicating promptly with each other. (signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk) NOE by: sem (McInnis, S) (Entered: 06/26/2001)

June 21, 2001
8

STANDING ORDER regarding Rule 26(f) for cases assigned to Judge Robert G James sent to pending counsel of record. (signed by Judge Robert G James) NOE by: sem (McInnis, S) (Entered: 06/26/2001)

June 21, 2001
9

RULE 26(f) REPORT filed by U S A (McInnis, S) (Entered: 07/20/2001)

July 19, 2001
10

JOINT MOTION by U S A, City of Bastrop for approval and entry of consent decree with Proposed Order and consent decree referred to Judge Robert G James (McInnis, S) (Entered: 09/28/2001)

Sept. 28, 2001
11

JOINT MOTION by U S A, City of Bastrop to extend time scheduling order deadlines with Proposed Order referred to Judge Robert G James (McInnis, S) (Entered: 10/01/2001)

Oct. 1, 2001
12

ORDER granting [10-1] motion for approval and entry of consent decree, and Charles Underwood is appointed as the Equal Employment Opportunity Monitor pursuant to the Consent Decree (signed by Judge Robert G James) NOE by: sem (McInnis, S) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 1, 2001
13

CONSENT DECREE (signed by Judge Robert G James) (McInnis, S) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 1, 2001
14

ORDER denying [11-1] motion to extend scheduling order deadlines as moot (signed by Judge Robert G James) NOE by: sem (McInnis, S) (Entered: 10/05/2001)

Oct. 4, 2001
15

NOTICE of Appearance by Hector F Ruiz on behalf of United States of America. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 12/12/2005)

Dec. 12, 2005
16

DUPLICATE NOTICE of Appearance by Hector F Ruiz on behalf of United States of America. SEE DOC #15. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 12/20/2005)

Dec. 16, 2005
17

MOTION for Order to Show Cause Why Defendant Should Not Be Held In Civil Contempt and For Supplemental Relief by United States of America. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum In Support of Motion# 2 Exhibits to Memorandum in Support of Motion# 3 Proposed Order)(aty,Ruiz, Hector) (Entered: 12/29/2005)

Dec. 29, 2005
18

MINUTE ENTRY: Telephone Conference set for 1/9/2006 at 01:30 PM before Judge Robert G James re 17 MOTION for Order to Show Cause Why Defendant Should Not Be Held In Civil Contempt and For Supplemental Relief filed by United States of America. The attorney for the United States will initiate the conference call.Signed by Judge Robert G James on 1/3/06. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 01/03/2006)

Jan. 3, 2006
19

MOTION for C. Joseph Roberts, III to Enroll as Counsel by City of Bastrop. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(aty,Roberts, C) Modified on 1/6/2006 to name attachment (Reeves, T). (Entered: 01/05/2006)

Jan. 5, 2006
20

RESPONSE to Motion re 17 MOTION for Order to Show Cause Why Defendant Should Not Be Held In Civil Contempt and For Supplemental Relief filed by City of Bastrop. (aty,Roberts, C) (Entered: 01/05/2006)

Jan. 5, 2006

*** Motions Transferred to Judge James regarding 19 MOTION for C. Joseph Roberts, III to Enroll as Counsel (crt,Reeves, T) (Entered: 01/06/2006)

Jan. 5, 2006
21

ORDER granting 19 Motion to Enroll as Counsel. C Joseph Roberts, III enrolled as additional counsel and lead counsel for the City of Bastrop. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 01/09/06. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 01/09/2006)

Jan. 9, 2006
22

MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge Robert G James : TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 1/9/2006. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 01/10/2006)

Jan. 9, 2006
23

Joint MOTION for Consent Judgment of Finding of Civil Contempt and Order by United States of America, City of Bastrop. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Ruiz, Hector) (Entered: 01/11/2006)

Jan. 11, 2006

MAIL RETURNED as Undeliverable: Mail sent to Bill Lann Lee on behalf of United States of America, Civil Rights Div, P O Box 66400, Washington, DC 20035-6400, re: 18 Minute Entry, returned by U S Postal Svc marked: Box Closed, No Order. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 01/17/2006)

Jan. 17, 2006
24

FINDING OF CIVIL CONTEMPT AND ORDER granting 23 Motion for Consent Judgment . Signed by Judge Robert G James on 01/17/06. (crt,Yocum, M) Modified on 1/18/2006 to correct date filed to 1/17/06 (Yocum, M). (Entered: 01/18/2006)

Jan. 17, 2006
25

ORDER denying as moot 17 Motion for Order to Show Cause. See Doc No 24. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 01/17/06. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 01/18/2006)

Jan. 17, 2006

MAIL RETURNED as Undeliverable: Mail sent to Bill Lann Lee, P o Box 66400, Washington, DC 20035-6400, re: 21 Order on Motion to Enroll as Counsel returned by U S Postal Svc marked: Return to Sender, Box Closed, No Order. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 01/20/2006)

Jan. 19, 2006

MAIL RETURNED as Undeliverable: Mail sent to Bill Lann Lee, P O Box 66400, Washington, DC 20035-6400, re: 22 Telephone Conference returned by U S Postal Svc marked: Box Closed, No Order. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 01/23/2006)

Jan. 23, 2006
26

STATUS REPORT (Initial Compliance Report) by City of Bastrop. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits Letter, Hector Ruiz, US Dept. of Justice)(aty,Roberts, C) Modified on 1/25/2006 to link this document to 24 Finding of Civil Contempt and Order (Whidden, C). (Entered: 01/24/2006)

Jan. 24, 2006

MAIL RETURNED as Undeliverable: Mail sent to Bill Lann Lee, P O Box 66400, Washington, DC 20035-6400, re: 25 Order on Motion for Order to Show Cause returned by U S Postal Svc marked: Returned to Sender, Attempted-Not Known. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 01/30/2006)

Jan. 30, 2006

MAIL RETURNED as Undeliverable: Mail sent to Bill Lann Lee, P O Box 66400, Washington, DC 20035-6400, re: 25 Order on Motion for Order to Show Cause returned by U S Postal Svc marked: Returned to Sender, Attempted-Not Known. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 01/30/2006)

Jan. 30, 2006
27

Joint MOTION Appointment of New EEO Monitor by United States of America, City of Bastrop. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief # 2 Text of proposed order)(aty,Ruiz, Hector) (Entered: 03/17/2006)

March 17, 2006
28

STATUS REPORT Regarding Compliance by United States of America. (aty,Ruiz, Hector) (Entered: 03/17/2006)

March 17, 2006
29

ORDER granting 27 Joint Motion for Appointment of New EEO Monitor. Lorethie Dunn is appointed the City's EEO Monitor with respect to the Consent Decree entered by this Court on October 1, 2001. Signed by Judge Robert G James on 03/20/06. (crt,Yocum, M) (Entered: 03/21/2006)

March 21, 2006

MAIL RETURNED as Undeliverable: Mail sent to Bill Lann Lee, P O BOX 66400. Washington, DC 20035-6400, re: 29 Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief, returned by U S Postal Svc marked: Box Closed, No Order. (crt,Brown, A) (Entered: 04/05/2006)

March 31, 2006

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 19, 2001

Closing Date: Oct. 1, 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States on behalf of Kimberly Mullins, an employee of the City Streets Department

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

City Streets Department (Bastrop), City

Defendant Type(s):

Sanitation/Public Works

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2001 - 2006

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Sex discrimination

Race:

White

Affected Gender:

Female