Case: United States of America v. City of Sulphur, Oklahoma

6:01-cv-00034 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

Filed Date: Jan. 18, 2001

Closed Date: 2006

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Case Summary

On January 18, 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 Sulphur in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma alleging that the City discriminated against a Mexican-American employee on the basis of his national origin. The D.O.J. sought injunctive and monetary relief. The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant, specifically the Sanitation Department failed or refused to promote the Mexican-A…

On January 18, 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 Sulphur in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma alleging that the City discriminated against a Mexican-American employee on the basis of his national origin. The D.O.J. sought injunctive and monetary relief.

The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant, specifically the Sanitation Department failed or refused to promote the Mexican-American employee. The D.O.J. also alleged that the defendant failed or refused to take action to remedy the effects of the discrimination.

On February 23, 2001, the district court (Judge Frank Seay) entered a consent decree in which the defendant agreed to implement a nondiscriminatory policy and train its supervisory employees on Title IV. The decree also included a general prohibition on retaliation. The consent decree further provided defendant would pay the employee $45,000 in damages including back pay. The City agreed to keep records pertinent to the implementation of the decree. The United States had a right to inspect the records and to monitor compliance. The decree was supposed to terminate within five years of its entry, unless any party moved to extend its duration.

There is no further information on the case. The case is closed.

Summary Authors

Janani Iyengar (11/21/2007)

Zhandos Kuderin (7/17/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Seay, Frank Howell (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (California)

Levy, Allen W. (District of Columbia)

Sperling, Sheldon J. (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hurst, Phil (Oklahoma)

Judge(s)

Seay, Frank Howell (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (California)

Levy, Allen W. (District of Columbia)

Sperling, Sheldon J. (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hurst, Phil (Oklahoma)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

United States of America v. City of Sulphur

March 2, 2001 Docket
1

Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial

Jan. 18, 2001 Complaint
6

Consent Decree

Feb. 23, 2001 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT (nsb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 18, 2001

MAGISTRATE'S CONSENT FORM furnished to plaintiff's counsel. (nsb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 18, 2001

WAIVER OF SERVICE FORMS furnished to plaintiff's counsel (nsb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 18, 2001
2

NOTICE mailed setting case for Status & Scheduling Conference on 3/1/01 at 12:00 Noon at the United States Courthouse, Muskogee, Oklahoma before the Honorable Frank H. Seay. ENTERING ORDER by Judge Frank H. Seay directing parties pursuant to Local Rule 26(e) to meet as soon as practicable but not less than 14 days prior to the Status and Conference to discuss the nature and basis of claims and defenses, the possibility of prompt settlement and, consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties are directed to file with the Clerk of Court a joint written report of such meeting four (4) working days prior to the Status and Scheduling Conference. Attorneys shall make known to their clients the contents of the report. The enclosed "Report on Planning Meeting Form", is to be completed and filed with the Clerk. All parties and their counsel are required to sign this form. The signatures of the parties may be submitted by facsimile. (FHS) (cc: all counsel) (law, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/10/2001)

Feb. 10, 2001
4

BRIEF by plaintiff in support of the United States' unopposed motion for continuance (law, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/21/2001)

Feb. 21, 2001
5

MINUTE ORDER: granting Unopposed motion for a continuance of status and scheduling conference. [3-1] ; Status and scheduling conference is stricken from 3/1/01 (FHS) (cc: all counsel) (trl, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/22/2001)

Feb. 22, 2001
6

CONSENT DECREE by Judge Frank H. Seay (cc: all counsel) (tkc, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/26/2001)

Feb. 23, 2001
7

MINUTE ORDER: A consent decree resolving all matters in issue having been entered on February 23, 2001, there is no reason at this time to maintain the file as an open file for statistical purposes. Accordingly, the clerk is instructed to submit a JS-6 form to the Administrative Office. Nothing contained in this minute entry order shall be interpreted as a dismissal of this case or the complaint. Should further proceedings become necessary or desirable, any party may initiate proceedings by filing the appropriate motion in the same manner as if the form JS-6 had not been submitted (closing case) (FHS) (cc: all counsel) (tkc, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/02/2001)

March 2, 2001

State / Territory: Oklahoma

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 18, 2001

Closing Date: 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a Mexican-American employee

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 of Sulphur (Sulphur), 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

Amount Defendant Pays: 45,000.00

Order Duration: 2001 - 2006

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Monitoring

Provide antidiscrimination training

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Promotion

Discrimination-basis:

National origin discrimination

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Hispanic