Case: EEOC v. JOE BROWN COMPANY, INC.

5:01-cv-01525 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Filed Date: Sept. 27, 2001

Closed Date: Dec. 5, 2003

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Case Summary

In September 2001, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this suit against the Joe Brown Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it subjected a black employee to a racially hostile work environment and terminated him in retaliation for complaining about it.

The case was settled and a consent decree was entered in June of 2002. The parties agreed that the defendant would pay the complainant $25,000, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of race, post an EEO notice, distribute its EEO policy, provide all of its employees with EEO training, file quarterly race statistical reports, file semiannual complaint reports, expunge the complainants employee file, and issue a neutral reference letter. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for eighteen months.

Summary Authors

Jason Chester (7/3/2007)

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Document

5:01-cv-01525

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Joe Brown Company

June 5, 2002

June 5, 2002

Docket
18

5:01-cv-01525

Order [Denying Motion for Protective Order]

EEOC v. Joe Brown Company, Inc.

May 16, 2002

May 16, 2002

Order/Opinion
23

5:01-cv-01525

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Joe Brown Company, Inc.

June 5, 2002

June 5, 2002

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 8, 2022, 3:20 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT (eh) (Entered: 09/27/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001

Sept. 27, 2001

2

PRAECIPE for and issued 1 summons by plaintiff EEOC (brs) (Entered: 10/01/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001

Sept. 27, 2001

3

ANSWER by defendant (kw) (Entered: 12/18/2001)

Dec. 17, 2001

Dec. 17, 2001

4

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant by Samuel Fulkerson (kw) (Entered: 12/18/2001)

Dec. 18, 2001

Dec. 18, 2001

5

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant by Michael F. Lauderdale (kw) (Entered: 12/18/2001)

Dec. 18, 2001

Dec. 18, 2001

6

ORDER by Honorable David L. Russell, Case reassigned to Honorable Joe Heaton (cc: all counsel) [EOD Date 12/27/01] (kw) (Entered: 12/27/2001)

Dec. 27, 2001

Dec. 27, 2001

DOCKET status ; status scheduling conf set for 9:50 2/5/02 (kw) (Entered: 12/31/2001)

Dec. 31, 2001

Dec. 31, 2001

8

JOINT STATUS REPORT (kw) (Entered: 01/30/2002)

Jan. 30, 2002

Jan. 30, 2002

9

SCHEDULING ORDER Honorable Joe Heaton ; jury trial set for 9:00 10/1/02 ; Discovery set for 7/15/02 ;mtn filing ddl set for 7/15/02 ; pretrial report due 9/16/02 ; status scheduling conference held on 9:50 2/5/02 mtns to join due: 6/3/02 mtns to amend due: 6/3/02 pla's wit lst due: 6/3/02 pla's exh lst due: 6/3/02 dft's wit lst due: w/i 10 days t/a dft's exh lst due: w/i 10 days t/a mtns in limine due: 9/16/02 jury instr due: 10/1/02 voir dire requests due: 10/1/02 trial briefs due : 10/1/02 PFofFact & Concl due: 10/1/02 ADR Session Held by Date: by 1st of June (cc: all counsel), referral to ADR referring matter to Mediator Selection Order Due 2/16/02 Ptys are to adv the ct w/i 5 days of mediation, s to the progress of the case. (fp) (Entered: 02/06/2002)

Feb. 6, 2002

Feb. 6, 2002

10

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Joe Brown Company by Beauchamp M Patterson (kw) (Entered: 02/07/2002)

Feb. 6, 2002

Feb. 6, 2002

11

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff EEOC by Michelle M. Robertson (fp) (Entered: 02/11/2002)

Feb. 8, 2002

Feb. 8, 2002

12

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff EEOC by Suzanne M. Anderson (fp) (Entered: 02/12/2002)

Feb. 11, 2002

Feb. 11, 2002

13

SELECTION OF AND ORDER APPOINTING MEDIATOR, ADR Session 4/9/02 at 9:30 added L David Pomeroy as Mediator (cc: all counsel) [EOD Date 2/13/02] (fp) (Entered: 02/13/2002)

Feb. 12, 2002

Feb. 12, 2002

14

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC to quash and Brief in Support (nm) (Entered: 04/30/2002)

April 30, 2002

April 30, 2002

14

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC for protective order and Brief in Support (nm) (Entered: 04/30/2002)

April 30, 2002

April 30, 2002

15

ENTER ORDER by Honorable Joe Heaton; Bf the Ct is Plf's April 30, 2002 mtn to quash and req for a proto. The dft is dir to resp to the mtn w/i 10 days of the date of this order re [14-1], re [14-1] (cc: all counsel) [EOD Date 5/3/02] (fp) (Entered: 05/03/2002)

May 3, 2002

May 3, 2002

16

MOTION/APPLICATION AND BRIEF IN SUPPORT by plaintiff EEOC for leave to extend the deposition of William J. Thompson (fp) (Entered: 05/13/2002)

May 10, 2002

May 10, 2002

17

RESPONSE by defendant Joe Brown Company to motion for protective order [14-1], motion to quash [14-1] (kw) (Entered: 05/13/2002)

May 13, 2002

May 13, 2002

18

ORDER by Honorable Joe Heaton denying motion for protective order [14-1] It is however, ORDERED that all documents produced purs to the subpoenas shl be treated as confidential and shl not be used, distributed or disseminated to others, except as may be necessary to the conduct of this litigation. If plf and/or Mr. desire a more detailed confidentiality order, the parties are dir to jointly prepare and submit same to the Ct for its consideration (cc: all counsel) [EOD Date 5/16/02] (fp) (Entered: 05/16/2002)

May 16, 2002

May 16, 2002

20

ADR REPORT by Mediator terminating party Mediator; case settled at mediation (kw) (Entered: 05/20/2002)

May 17, 2002

May 17, 2002

21

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC, defendant Joe Brown Company for entry of consent decree (nm) (Entered: 06/03/2002)

June 3, 2002

June 3, 2002

22

ORDER by Honorable Joe Heaton granting ptys' motion for entry of consent decree [21-1] (cc: all counsel) [EOD Date 6/5/02] (ap) (Entered: 06/05/2002)

June 5, 2002

June 5, 2002

23

CONSENT DECREE by Honorable Joe Heaton as more fully set out; (cc: all counsel) [EOD Date 6/5/02] (ap) (Entered: 06/05/2002)

June 5, 2002

June 5, 2002

Case Details

State / Territory: Oklahoma

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 27, 2001

Closing Date: Dec. 5, 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

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

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Joe Brown Company, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

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:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 25000

Order Duration: 2002 - 2003

Content of Injunction:

Neutral/Positive Reference

Expungement of Employment Record

Discrimination Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Recordkeeping

Retaliation Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Auditing

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits