Case: United States of America v. Zuni Public School District

1:02-cv-01057 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico

Filed Date: Aug. 23, 2002

Closed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

On August 23, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Zuni Public School District in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging that a female employee was discriminated against on the basis of her sex. Specifically, the United States contended that the female employee was subject to sexual harassment. The United States sought injunctive and monetary relief.The EEOC investigated the charge, found reasonable cause to believe that the allegatio…

On August 23, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Zuni Public School District in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging that a female employee was discriminated against on the basis of her sex. Specifically, the United States contended that the female employee was subject to sexual harassment. The United States sought injunctive and monetary relief.

The EEOC investigated the charge, found reasonable cause to believe that the allegations of discrimination were true, attempted unsuccessfully to achieve through conciliation a voluntary resolution of the charge and subsequently referred the matter to the Department of Justice.

On September 11, 2002, the United States and the School District entered into a consent decree. The Decree provides that the School District shall not discriminate on the basis of an employee's sex, shall revise its sexual harassment policy to provide that employees may submit complaints of sexual harassment of any kind to an administrator or supervisor or directly to the superintendent of schools, and that if an administrator or supervisor receives a complaint of sexual harassment, (s)he will promptly refer that complaint to the superintendent of schools for investigation. The Decree further requires the defendant to provide training to all of its employees regarding Title VII's prohibition against sexual harassment, and gave the United States shall right to monitor the School District's compliance. Finally, the defendant agreed to pay the individual plaintiff $75,000 as compensatory damages.

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Summary Authors

Dana Schwarz (10/17/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Armijo, M. Christina (New Mexico)

Molzen, Karen Ballard (New Mexico)

Svet, Don J. (New Mexico)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)

Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Iglesias, David C. (New Mexico)

Mitchell, Jan Elizabeth (New Mexico)

Ward, Larry G. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Armijo, M. Christina (New Mexico)

Molzen, Karen Ballard (New Mexico)

Svet, Don J. (New Mexico)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)

Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Iglesias, David C. (New Mexico)

Mitchell, Jan Elizabeth (New Mexico)

Ward, Larry G. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

United States v. Zuni Public School

Feb. 28, 2003 Docket
1

Complaint

Aug. 23, 2002 Complaint
4

Consent Decree

Sept. 11, 2002 Settlement Agreement

Resources

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Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT for civil rights w/jury demand (0 Summons(es) issued) (referred to Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen) (ed) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 23, 2002

LETTER re: consent to proceed before a US Magistrate Judge (ed) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 23, 2002
2

NOTICE of refusal to consent to proceed before a US Magistrate Judge by plaintiff (ed) (Entered: 08/30/2002)

Aug. 30, 2002
3

MINUTE ORDER: Case reassigned from Magistrate Judge Don J. Svet to District Judge M. C. Armijo (cc: all counsel*) (dmw) (Entered: 08/30/2002)

Aug. 30, 2002
4

CONSENT JUDGMENT by District Judge M. C. Armijo as further described herein (cc: all counsel) (vv) (Entered: 09/11/2002)

Sept. 11, 2002

State / Territory: New Mexico

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 23, 2002

Closing Date: 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a female 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

Zuni Public School District (Albuquerque), School District

Defendant Type(s):

Elementary/Secondary School

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: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2002 - 0

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female