Case: United States v. City of Forney

3:96-cv-03146 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Filed Date: Nov. 20, 1996

Closed Date: 1997

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Case Summary

On November 20, 1996, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against the City of Forney, Texas in the Northern District of Texas to enforce Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against an individual employee on the basis of his race, black. The complaint alleges that the City of Forney failed or refused to employ the named individual employee as a Publ…

On November 20, 1996, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against the City of Forney, Texas in the Northern District of Texas to enforce Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against an individual employee on the basis of his race, black.

The complaint alleges that the City of Forney failed or refused to employ the named individual employee as a Public Works Maintenance Worker I for the City's Department of Public Works despite the employee meeting the minimum qualifications needed for the job. The defendant also failed or refused to take appropriate action to remedy the effects of the discriminatory treatment.

On March 24, 1997, the District Court (Judge Allen Joe Fish) entered a consent decree, prohibiting the defendant from discriminating against any employee or applicant for employment because of such individual's race. The decree also prohibited the defendant from retaliating against any employee for opposing discrimination, filing a claim with the EEOC, or cooperating with EEOC investigations. The consent decree also awarded the individual employee compensatory damages.

Summary Authors

James Floyd (11/1/2007)

Carol Chen (7/4/2020)

People


Judge(s)

Fish, Allen Joe (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Kirkpatrick, Michael T (District of Columbia)

Laurence, James P (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lanier, Marigny A (Texas)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Coggins, Paul Edward (Texas)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Fish, Allen Joe (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Kirkpatrick, Michael T (District of Columbia)

Laurence, James P (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lanier, Marigny A (Texas)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Coggins, Paul Edward (Texas)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

United States of America v. The City of Forney Texas

March 24, 1997 Docket
12

Consent Decree

United States of America v. The City of Forney Texas

March 24, 1997 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT filed; (4) (cjb) (Entered: 11/21/1996)

Nov. 20, 1996
1

DEMAND for jury trial by plaintiff United States (cjb) (Entered: 11/21/1996)

Nov. 20, 1996

PRELIMINARY ASSIGNMENT TO Magistrate Judge John B Tolle (cjb) (Entered: 11/21/1996)

Nov. 20, 1996
2

SUMMONS(ES) issued for defendant City of Forney Texas (cjb) (Entered: 11/21/1996)

Nov. 20, 1996
3

US Marshals - RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to defendant City of Forney Texas 11/22/96, served on Don Cates, Mayor of City. Type of Process: Complaint & summons. (1) (krs) (Entered: 12/04/1996)

Dec. 3, 1996
4

Request/MOTION by plaintiff United States for designation of attorney to receive orders and judgments (2) (jyg) (Entered: 12/06/1996)

Dec. 5, 1996
5

ANSWER to Complaint by defendant City of Forney Texas (Attorney Marigny A Lanier),; jury demand (3) (krs) (Entered: 12/17/1996)

Dec. 16, 1996
5

DEMAND for jury trial by defendant City of Forney Texas (3) (krs) (Entered: 12/17/1996)

Dec. 16, 1996
6

STATUS REPORT ORDER. Joint Status report due on 1/7/97 ( signed by AJF) Copies to counsel: 12/18/96 Page(s): 3 (krs) (Entered: 12/18/1996)

Dec. 17, 1996
7

Joint STATUS REPORT by plaintiff United States, defendant City of Forney Texas (4) (krs) (Entered: 01/08/1997)

Jan. 7, 1997
8

SCHEDULING ORDER setting Docket call set for 1/5/98 ; Joining of Parties on 9/5/97 ; Amending of Pleadings on 9/5/97 ; Deadline for filing of dispositive motions 9/5/97 ; Discovery cutoff 10/31/97 ; Pretrial materials due on 12/26/97 Proposed pretrial order due 12/26/97 ; Pretrial conference for 9:00 1/2/98 ; ( signed by AJF) Copies to counsel: 1/16/97 Page(s): 11 (krs) (Entered: 01/16/1997)

Jan. 15, 1997
10

JOINT MOTION for leave to file Entry of Consent Decree by plaintiff United States, defendant City of Forney Texas (2) (krs) (Entered: 03/20/1997)

March 20, 1997
11

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff United States, defendant City of Forney Texas in support of [10-1] joint motion for leave to file Entry of Consent Decree (4) (krs) (Entered: 03/20/1997)

March 20, 1997
12

CONSENT JUDGMENT/Decree for plaintiff United States against defendant City of Forney Texas ( signed by AJF) Copies to counsel: 3/25/97 Page(s): 9 (redocketted due to clerical error) (krs) (Entered: 03/26/1997)

March 24, 1997

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 20, 1996

Closing Date: 1997

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States on behalf of a black prospective Public Works Maintenance Worker

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 Forney, Texas, 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

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

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black