Case: United States v. Spring Ind. School District

4:96-cv-01499 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: May 9, 1996

Closed Date: 1996

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Case Summary

On May 9, 1996, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the Spring Independent School District. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief alleging that the defendant discriminated against a grounds crew worker in the school district's maintenance department because of his race.On the same day, the court entered a consent decree. The general provis…

On May 9, 1996, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the Spring Independent School District. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief alleging that the defendant discriminated against a grounds crew worker in the school district's maintenance department because of his race.

On the same day, the court entered a consent decree. The general provisions of the consent decree provided: (1) the defendant shall not engage in any act or practice that has the purpose or effect of unlawfully discriminating against any employee in any term or condition of employee because of such person's race, and (2) the defendant agrees not to retaliate against any person because that person has opposed allegedly discriminatory policies or practice, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in this case. The defendant was required to institute and carried out policies and practices with the purpose of guaranteeing a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race in its maintenance department. The defendant also agreed to provide training to maintenance department employees on racial discrimination, including harassment, and how to avoid racial discrimination and harassment. The individual employee against whom the defendant discriminated was awarded monetary damages. The decree further provided that the court retain jurisdiction for its duration.

This case was closed on May 9, 1996.

Summary Authors

Kaitlin Corkran (4/5/2008)

People


Judge(s)

Rosenthal, Lee Hyman (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Jones, Gaynelle Griffin (Texas)

Leggott, Charles E. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Schneider-Vogel , Merri (Texas)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Rosenthal, Lee Hyman (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Jones, Gaynelle Griffin (Texas)

Leggott, Charles E. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Schneider-Vogel , Merri (Texas)

Other Attorney(s)

Larry, Julius J. III (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

United States v. Spring Independent School District

May 9, 1996 Docket
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Consent Decree

United States v. Spring Independent School District

May 13, 1996 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
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ORDER: A scheduling conference is set for 9:00 8/16/96 , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ) (fmremp) (Entered: 05/10/1996)

May 9, 1996
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CONSENT DECREE for USA, Spring ISD , entered; Parties notified Parties to attempt to resolve informally any disputes that may occur under this consent decree. The Court shall retain jurisdiction over this consent decree during the life of this consent decree for the purposes of enforcing this consent decree. Parties shall bear their own costs in this action, including atty's fees, except that the parties shall retain the right to seek costs for any6 matter which, in the future, may arise from this consent decree and require resolution by the court. ( signed by Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ) (bchurchill) (Entered: 05/13/1996)

May 9, 1996

Case closed (bchurchill) (Entered: 05/13/1996)

May 9, 1996

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 9, 1996

Closing Date: 1996

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States

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

Spring Independent School District (Houston, Harris), 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

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: 1996 - 2001

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Race, unspecified