Case: EEOC v. Vecta, a Division of Steelcase Inc.

3:04-cv-01890 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Filed Date: Aug. 30, 2004

Closed Date: Feb. 23, 2005

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Case Summary

The EEOC's Dallas district office sued Vecta, a Texas furniture manufacturer and a division of Steelcase, Inc., on August 30, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Vecta violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) by subjecting the intervenor employee, who intervened in September 2004, to a hostile work environment due to sexual harassment and terminated her in retaliation for her complaints about her treatment. The parties settled on January 3, 2005 and the case was dismissed on February 23, 2005. The settlement agreement stipulated that the defendant would provide one training session concerning sexual harassment to its employees, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, and pay $200,000 in damages to the intervenor.

Summary Authors

Aaron Weismann (5/31/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Vecta

Feb. 23, 2005 Docket
1

Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Vecta

Aug. 30, 2004 Complaint
6

Intervenor-Plaintiff Carmen Dean's Original Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Vecta

Sept. 30, 2004 Complaint
18

Settlement Agreement

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Vecta

Feb. 23, 2005 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link

***Magistrate Judge Sanderson chosen by random selection to handle matters that may be referred in this case. (cxb, ) (Entered: 09/01/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004
1

COMPLAINT against Vecta, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (govt, no fee).(cxb, ) (Entered: 09/01/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004

DEMAND for Trial by Jury by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (included in the Complaint, doc. 1). (cxb, ) (Entered: 09/01/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004
2

Summons Issued as to Vecta. (jrb, ) (Entered: 09/02/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004
3

CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PERSONS/DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (jrb, ) (Entered: 09/02/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004
4

Unopposed MOTION to Intervene by Carmen Dean (jrb, ) (Entered: 09/22/2004)

Sept. 21, 2004
5

ORDER granting 4 Motion to Intervene (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 9/23/04) (jrb, ) (Entered: 09/28/2004)

Sept. 23, 2004
6

INTERVENOR COMPLAINT against Vecta (A Division of Steelcase Inc), filed by Carmen Dean.(jrb, ) (Entered: 10/01/2004)

Sept. 30, 2004
7

Unopposed MOTION for Enlargement of Time to Answer or Otherwise Plead by Vecta (jrb, ) (Entered: 10/05/2004)

Oct. 4, 2004
8

ORDER granting 7 Motion to Extend Time. Dft shall answer or otherwise respond to the Complaint on or before 11/4/04. (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 10/6/04) (jrb, ) (Entered: 10/06/2004)

Oct. 6, 2004
9

Second Unopposed MOTION for Enlargement of Time to Answer or Otherwise Plead by Vecta (jrb, ) (Entered: 10/29/2004)

Oct. 28, 2004
10

ORDER granting 9 Motion to Extend Time. Dft shall answer or otherwise respond to the complaint on or before 11/18/04. (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 11/2/04) (jrb, ) (Entered: 11/04/2004)

Nov. 2, 2004
11

MOTION for Leave to File Answer and Additional Defenses to Complaint of Intervenor-Plaintiff Carmen Dean Instanter by Vecta (jrb, ) (Entered: 11/19/2004)

Nov. 18, 2004
14

ANSWER and Additional Defenses to Complaint by Vecta.(jrb, ) (Entered: 11/23/2004)

Nov. 18, 2004
12

ORDER granting 11 Motion for Leave to File. (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 11/23/04) (jrb, ) (Entered: 11/23/2004)

Nov. 23, 2004
13

ANSWER and Additional Defenses to Complaint of Intervenor-Plaintiff Carmen Dean by Vecta.(jrb, ) (Entered: 11/23/2004)

Nov. 23, 2004
15

STATUS REPORT ORDER:Joint Status Report due by 1/3/2005. (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 12/07/04) (dek) (Entered: 12/07/2004)

Dec. 7, 2004
16

ORDER: The case has settled. A final judgment or agreed order of dismissal is due by 2/4/05. (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 1/3/05) (dek, ) (Entered: 01/03/2005)

Jan. 3, 2005
17

ORDER REQUIRING ALL COUNSEL OF RECORD AND PRO SE NON-PRISONER) LITIGANTS TO REGISTER FOR ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF NOTICE - All counsel of record and all pro se (non-prisoner) litigants in cases pending before Judge Jane J. Boyle are required to register for electronic transmission (e-mail) notice within (30) days of the date of this order. In addition, all non-dispositive motions filed in Judge Boyle?s Court must be accompanied by a proposed order e-mailed to Boyle_Clerk@txnd.uscourts.gov in WordPerfect or Word format. (Modification of Local Rule 7.1(h)). Information about how to register for electronic noticing, can be found on the Northern District of Texas website at http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/records/ens.html. (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 1/31/05) (rrj, ) (Entered: 02/02/2005)

Jan. 31, 2005
18

Settlement Agreement...See order for specifics. (Signed by Judge Jane J Boyle on 2/23/05) (svc, ) (Entered: 02/24/2005)

Feb. 23, 2005

***Civil Case Terminated. (svc, ) (Entered: 02/24/2005)

Feb. 23, 2005

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 30, 2004

Closing Date: Feb. 23, 2005

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Vecta (Grand Pararie, Texas), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Amount Defendant Pays: 200000

Order Duration: 2005 - 2006

Content of Injunction:

Reporting

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit