Case: United States of America v. City of Willis, Texas

4:98-cv-00280 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: Jan. 30, 1998

Closed Date: 2000

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Case Summary

On January 30, 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the City of Willis Texas Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII, by subjecting one African-American employee to racial harassment and another employee to retaliation for aiding in the EEOC complaint.On Ma…

On January 30, 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the City of Willis Texas Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII, by subjecting one African-American employee to racial harassment and another employee to retaliation for aiding in the EEOC complaint.

On March 2, 1999, the District Court (Judge Melinda Harmon) entered a Consent Decree agreed upon by both parties. The City of Willis, Texas agreed to institute measures against future racial discrimination and retaliatory actions. Both employees were paid damages for back pay and personal injury. All records of the EEOC complaint were expunged from both employees' city and personnel files.

An Order of Dismissal on July 11, 2000, which terminated the court's jurisdiction over the Consent Decree.

We have no further information on this case.

Summary Authors

Jane Wu (11/5/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Harmon, Melinda (Texas)

Stacy, Frances H. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

DeAtley, James H (Texas)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Field, J. Richie (Texas)

Jenkins, Hays Jr. (Texas)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Meacham, Barbara J. (District of Columbia)

Zubrensky, Michael A (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, Barbara L (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Harmon, Melinda (Texas)

Stacy, Frances H. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

DeAtley, James H (Texas)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Field, J. Richie (Texas)

Jenkins, Hays Jr. (Texas)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Meacham, Barbara J. (District of Columbia)

Zubrensky, Michael A (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, Barbara L (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:98-cv-00280

Docket (PACER)

United States v. City of Willis, Texas

July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000

Docket
1

4:98-cv-00280

Complaint

Jan. 30, 1998

Jan. 30, 1998

Complaint
26

4:98-cv-00280

Consent Decree in Settlement of Claims

March 3, 1999

March 3, 1999

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 11, 2022, 3:15 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT filed; (bchurchill) (Entered: 01/30/1998)

Jan. 30, 1998

Jan. 30, 1998

2

ORDER for Conf set initial pretrial and scheduling conference for 9:00 4/8/98 before Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Melinda Harmon ) (bchurchill) (Entered: 01/30/1998)

Jan. 30, 1998

Jan. 30, 1998

3

REQUEST/MOTION for Barbara J Meacham to appear as attorney-in- charge by United States of America, Motion Docket Date 2/23/98 [3-1] motion , filed. (ltien) (Entered: 02/03/1998)

Feb. 3, 1998

Feb. 3, 1998

4

RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to City of Willis Texas c/o Mayor Ruth Castlehouldt 2/2/98 filed Answer due on 2/22/98 for City of Willis Texas (ltien) (Entered: 02/03/1998)

Feb. 3, 1998

Feb. 3, 1998

5

RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to attorney J Ritchie Field 2/2/98 filed (ltien) (Entered: 02/03/1998)

Feb. 3, 1998

Feb. 3, 1998

6

RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to attorney Barbara L Johnson 2/2/98 filed (ltien) (Entered: 02/03/1998)

Feb. 3, 1998

Feb. 3, 1998

7

ORDER granting pltf's [3-1] request/motion for Barbara J Meacham to appear as attorney-in-charge , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Melinda Harmon ) (ltien) (Entered: 02/06/1998)

Feb. 5, 1998

Feb. 5, 1998

8

ANSWER to Complaint by City of Willis Texas (Added attorney Barbara L Johnson), filed.; jury demand (ltien) (Entered: 02/23/1998)

Feb. 20, 1998

Feb. 20, 1998

9

REQUEST by United States of Am for permission to conduct discovery conference by telephone filed. (fmremp) (Entered: 03/04/1998)

March 4, 1998

March 4, 1998

11

INITIAL DISCLOSURE pursuant to Order for Accelerated Discovery by United States of America, filed. (ltien) (Entered: 03/23/1998)

March 20, 1998

March 20, 1998

12

JOINT DISCOVERY/Case Management Plan by United States of Am, City of Willis Texas , filed. (hlerma) (Entered: 03/26/1998)

March 25, 1998

March 25, 1998

13

INITIAL DISCLOSURE pursuant to Order for Accelerated Discovery by City of Willis Texas , filed. (ltien) (Entered: 03/26/1998)

March 26, 1998

March 26, 1998

14

Minute entry: initial pretrial and scheduling conference held on 4/8/98, terminated deadlines . Apps: Jenkins and Meacham f/pltf, Colbert f/deft. Scheduling order entered. Ct Reporter: ERO (ltien) (Entered: 04/08/1998)

April 8, 1998

April 8, 1998

15

Minute Entry Order: scheduling conference held on 4/8/98, entered. Apps: Meacham and Jenkins f/pltf, Colbert f/deft. Scheduling order entered. Parties ntfd. ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy ) (ltien) (Entered: 04/08/1998)

April 8, 1998

April 8, 1998

16

SCHEDULING ORDER setting Joining of parties, amending of pleadings 10/1/98 ; Expert witness list submitted by 12/1/98 f/pltf, 1/15/99 f/deft ; Discovery cutoff 3/8/99 ; Deadline for filing all dispositive motions 3/19/99 ; Deadline for filing non-dispositive motions 3/19/99 ; Pretrial order to be submitted on or before 4/30/99 ; Docket call deadline 1:30 5/7/99 ; before Judge Melinda Harmon , entered. Parties notified. Trial Term: two weeks starting 5/10/99 ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy ) (ltien) (Entered: 04/08/1998)

April 8, 1998

April 8, 1998

17

FIRST SUPPLEMENTAL [13-1] disclosures by City of Willis, filed. (ltien) (Entered: 06/03/1998)

June 3, 1998

June 3, 1998

18

REQUEST by United States of America for Michael A Zubrensky to appear as additional counsel, filed. (ltien) (Entered: 10/14/1998)

Oct. 13, 1998

Oct. 13, 1998

19

ORDER granting pltf's [18-1] request for Michael A Zubrensky to appear as additional counsel, entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Melinda Harmon ) (ltien) (Entered: 10/20/1998)

Oct. 19, 1998

Oct. 19, 1998

20

DESIGNATION OF EXPERT WITNESS LIST by City of Willis Texas filed. (ltien) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 15, 1999

Jan. 15, 1999

21

UNOPPOSED MOTION for extension of motions deadlines by United States of Am, Motion Docket Date 2/9/99 [21-1] motion , filed. (fmremp) (Entered: 01/20/1999)

Jan. 20, 1999

Jan. 20, 1999

23

JOINT MOTION for extension of the discovery and motions deadlines by United States of Am, City of Willis Texas , filed (psmith) (Entered: 02/16/1999)

Feb. 12, 1999

Feb. 12, 1999

24

ORDER granting [23-1] joint motion for extension of the discovery and motions deadlines reset discovery due for 4/5/99 , reset dispositive motion filing deadline for 4/16/99 , set non-dispositve motion filing deadline for 4/16/99 , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Melinda Harmon ) (fmremp) (Entered: 02/17/1999)

Feb. 16, 1999

Feb. 16, 1999

25

JOINT MOTION for entry of Consent Decree in Settlement of Claims by United States of America, City of Willis Texas , filed (ltien) (Entered: 02/25/1999)

Feb. 25, 1999

Feb. 25, 1999

26

CONSENT DECREE IN SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS/ORDER granting [25-1] joint motion for entry of Consent Decree in Settlement of Claims , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Melinda Harmon ) (fmremp) (Entered: 03/03/1999)

March 3, 1999

March 3, 1999

Case closed (fmremp) (Entered: 03/03/1999)

March 3, 1999

March 3, 1999

27

UNOPPOSED MOTION to Terminate Consent Decree , and to dismiss by United States of Am, Motion Docket Date 7/12/00 [27-1] motion, 7/12/00 [27-2] motion , filed. (sguevara) (Entered: 06/22/2000)

June 22, 2000

June 22, 2000

28

ORDER OF DISMISSAL granting Pltf's [27-1] motion to terminate consent decree; The Court's jurisdiction over the Consent Decree in this case is terminated and this case is dismissed with prejudice, entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Melinda Harmon ) (fmremp) (Entered: 07/11/2000)

July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000

Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 30, 1998

Closing Date: 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of an African American employee

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

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 Willis, Texas (Willis), City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

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: 1999 - 0

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black