Case: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Bellair Cleaners Inc.

4:06-cv-03004 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: Sept. 25, 2006

Closed Date: 2011

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Case Summary

In September 2006, the Houston Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against a conglomerate of dry cleaning service providers, Defendants Bellair Cleaners, Inc., DenvilleBusiness, Inc, Heaven Star Enterprises, LLC; Heaven Star Enterprises I, LP, and Anna Naaz, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subj…

In September 2006, the Houston Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against a conglomerate of dry cleaning service providers, Defendants Bellair Cleaners, Inc., Denville

Business, Inc, Heaven Star Enterprises, LLC; Heaven Star Enterprises I, LP, and Anna Naaz, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the complaining party to a sexually hostile work environment, culminating in her constructive discharge. The primary defendant declared bankruptcy in January 2008. Following discovery, the case was tried before a jury in February 2008.

The jury found in favor of the plaintiff EEOC. The subsequent injunctive judgment required the defendant to: allow access to the EEOC to monitor for compliance, utilize objective hiring criteria, post notice of employee rights and the judgment against the defendant, pay $55,000 to the complaining party; going forward, the judgment enjoined the defendant from discriminating. The injunctive judgment was set to last for three years.

The only subsequent activity that appears on the docket is costs assessed against the defendant, and so the case presumably closed in February 2011.

Summary Authors

Daisy Manning (5/13/2008)

People

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Judge(s)

Rosenthal, Lee Hyman (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Boutchee, Kathy D (Texas)

Bowne, Timothy M. (Texas)

Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Harmeyer, William F. (Texas)

Judge(s)

Rosenthal, Lee Hyman (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Boutchee, Kathy D (Texas)

Bowne, Timothy M. (Texas)

Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Harmeyer, William F. (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:06-cv-03004

Docket [PACER]

April 22, 2010

April 22, 2010

Docket
1

4:06-cv-03004

Original Complaint

EEOC v. Bellair Cleaners, Inc.

Sept. 25, 2006

Sept. 25, 2006

Complaint
11

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First Amended Original Complaint

EEOC v. Bellair Cleaners, Inc.

July 19, 2007

July 19, 2007

Complaint
43

4:06-cv-03004

Jury Verdict

EEOC v. Bellair Cleaners, Inc.

2008 WL 728449

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

Other
50

4:06-cv-03004

Order Granting Injunctive Relief

EEOC v. Bellair Cleaners, Inc.

Feb. 29, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

Order/Opinion
51

4:06-cv-03004

Judgment

EEOC v. Bellair Cleaners, Inc.

Feb. 29, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4396773/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-bellair-cleaners-inc/

Last updated Aug. 13, 2022, 3:08 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against Bellair Cleaners Inc filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(rwestmoreland, ) Additional attachment(s) added on 9/25/2006 (mmapps, ). (Entered: 09/25/2006)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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Sept. 25, 2006

Sept. 25, 2006

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Summons Issued as to Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed.(rwestmoreland, )

Sept. 25, 2006

Sept. 25, 2006

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2

ORDER for Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference and Order to Disclose Interested Persons. Initial Conference set for 1/26/2007 at 08:45 AM in Courtroom 11B before Judge Lee H Rosenthal. ( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) Parties notified. (mmapps, ) (Entered: 09/25/2006)

Sept. 25, 2006

Sept. 25, 2006

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3

CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PARTIES by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed.(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 10/11/2006)

Oct. 11, 2006

Oct. 11, 2006

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4

ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed.(sbyrum, ) (Entered: 11/09/2006)

Nov. 7, 2006

Nov. 7, 2006

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5

Joint JOINT DISCOVERY/CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed.(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 01/12/2007)

Jan. 12, 2007

Jan. 12, 2007

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6

ORDER entered Cancelling initial pretrial and scheduling conference set for 1/26/07. Docket control order to be entered.( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) Parties notified.(leddins, ) (Entered: 01/24/2007)

Jan. 24, 2007

Jan. 24, 2007

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SCHEDULING ORDER entered: Joinder of Parties due by 6/8/2007; Pltf Expert Witness List due by 7/16/2007; Pltf Expert Report due by 7/16/2007; Deft Expert Witness List due by 8/17/2007; Deft Expert Report due by 8/17/2007; Discovery due by 10/26/2007; Mediation due by 9/7/2007; Dispositive Motion Filing due by 11/16/2007; Non-Dispositive Motion Filing due by 1/18/2008; Docket Call set for 1/25/2008 at 02:00 PM in Courtroom 11B before Judge Lee H Rosenthal.( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) Parties notified.(leddins, ) (Entered: 01/24/2007)

Jan. 24, 2007

Jan. 24, 2007

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8

CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PARTIES, filed.(Harmeyer, William) (Entered: 02/07/2007)

Feb. 7, 2007

Feb. 7, 2007

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9

Opposed MOTION to Amend by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed. Motion Docket Date 6/28/2007. (Attachments: # 1 Complaint First Amended Original Complaint# 2 Proposed Order)(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 06/08/2007)

1 Complaint First Amended Original Complaint

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2 Proposed Order

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June 8, 2007

June 8, 2007

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10

ORDER granting 9 Motion to Amend.( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) Parties notified.(ypippin, ) (Entered: 07/23/2007)

July 19, 2007

July 19, 2007

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11

AMENDED complaint with Jury Demand against Denville Business Inc, Heaven Star Enterprises LLC, Heaven Star Enterprises I LP, Anna Naaz Inc, Bellair Cleaners Inc filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(ypippin, ) (Entered: 07/23/2007)

July 19, 2007

July 19, 2007

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12

Joint Proposed Pretrial Order by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Plaintiff's Proposed Voir Dire Questions# 2 Exhibit Plaintiff's Exhibit List# 3 Exhibit Plaintiff's Witness List# 4 Exhibit Plaintiff's Mmorandum of Law# 5 Exhibit Parties Proposed Jury Charge# 6 Exhibit Defendant's Proposed Voir Dire Questions# 7 Exhibit Defendant's Exhibit List# 8 Exhibit Defendant's Witness List)(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 01/18/2008)

1 Exhibit Plaintiff's Proposed Voir Dire Questions

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2 Exhibit Plaintiff's Exhibit List

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3 Exhibit Plaintiff's Witness List

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4 Exhibit Plaintiff's Mmorandum of Law

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5 Exhibit Parties Proposed Jury Charge

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6 Exhibit Defendant's Proposed Voir Dire Questions

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7 Exhibit Defendant's Exhibit List

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8 Exhibit Defendant's Witness List

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Jan. 18, 2008

Jan. 18, 2008

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13

MOTION in Limine by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed. Motion Docket Date 2/7/2008. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order Order on Plaintiff''s Motion in Limine)(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 01/18/2008)

1 Proposed Order Order on Plaintiff''s Motion in Limine

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Jan. 18, 2008

Jan. 18, 2008

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14

NOTICE of Resetting. Parties notified.Docket Call reset for 1/28/2008 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 11B before Judge Lee H Rosenthal, filed. (leddins, ) (Entered: 01/22/2008)

Jan. 22, 2008

Jan. 22, 2008

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15

Opposed EXHIBITS re: 12 Proposed Pretrial Order, by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Related document: 12 Proposed Pretrial Order,, filed. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 01/24/2008)

1 Proposed Order

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Jan. 24, 2008

Jan. 24, 2008

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16

TRIAL BRIEF on Jurisdiction by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed.(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 01/24/2008)

Jan. 24, 2008

Jan. 24, 2008

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17

NOTICE OF BANKRUPTCY by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed. (Harmeyer, William) (Entered: 01/27/2008)

Jan. 27, 2008

Jan. 27, 2008

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18

RESPONSE to 17 Notice (Other) of Bankruptcy, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Bowne, Timothy) (Entered: 01/28/2008)

Jan. 28, 2008

Jan. 28, 2008

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19

Minute entry for docket call held before Judge Lee H. Rosenthal on 1/28/2008Trial is scheduled to begin on 2/4/2008 at 1:30 p.m. The court granted the motions in limine as stated in the record. The EEOC's exhibits 7 through 20 and 22 are admitted into evidence. The defendants withdrew the only exhibit offered. Appearances: Kathy Boutchee/Timothy Bowne for Pltf. EEOC and William Harmeyer for Defts.(Court Reporter: Ed Reed), filed.(leddins, ) (Entered: 01/28/2008)

Jan. 28, 2008

Jan. 28, 2008

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20

NOTICE of Resetting. Parties notified.Jury Trial reset for 2/5/2007 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom 11B before Judge Lee H Rosenthal, filed. (leddins, ) (Entered: 01/31/2008)

Jan. 31, 2008

Jan. 31, 2008

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21

NOTICE of Resetting as to 20 Notice of Resetting. Parties notified.Jury Trial reset for 2/5/2008 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom 11B before Judge Lee H Rosenthal, filed. (leddins, ) (Entered: 01/31/2008)

Jan. 31, 2008

Jan. 31, 2008

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22

NOTICE Amended Notice of Bankruptcy re: 17 Notice (Other) by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed. (Attachments: # 1)(Harmeyer, William) (Entered: 02/01/2008)

Feb. 1, 2008

Feb. 1, 2008

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23

MOTION for William F. Harmeyer to Withdraw as Attorney by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed. Motion Docket Date 2/21/2008. (Harmeyer, William) (Entered: 02/01/2008)

Feb. 1, 2008

Feb. 1, 2008

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NOTICE OR ORAL HEARING re: 23 MOTION for William F. Harmeyer to Withdraw as Attorney by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed. (Harmeyer, William) (Entered: 02/01/2008)

Feb. 1, 2008

Feb. 1, 2008

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25

RESPONSE to 22 Notice (Other) Amended Notice of Bankruptcy, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Bowne, Timothy) (Entered: 02/04/2008)

Feb. 4, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

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26

RESPONSE in Opposition to 23 MOTION for William F. Harmeyer to Withdraw as Attorney, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Bowne, Timothy) (Entered: 02/04/2008)

1 Proposed Order

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Feb. 4, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

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27

RETURN of Service Executed as to Nizar Ali on 2/1/08 re: Subpoena, filed.(dpower, ) (Entered: 02/05/2008)

Feb. 4, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

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28

RETURN of Service Executed as to Parrish Payne on 1/31/08 re: Subpoena, filed.(dpower, ) (Entered: 02/05/2008)

Feb. 4, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

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RETURN of Service Executed as to Maria Rossana Ruiz on 1/31/08 re: Subpoena, filed.(smurdock, ) (Entered: 02/05/2008)

Feb. 4, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

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30

RETURN of Service Executed as to Munita Ali on 2/4/08 re: Subpoena, filed.(smurdock, ) (Entered: 02/05/2008)

Feb. 4, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

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31

RETURN of Service Executed as to Antonio Reyes on 2/2/08 re: 2/4/08, filed.(dpower, ) (Entered: 02/05/2008)

Feb. 4, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

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32

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Lee H Rosenthal. Day 1 of Jury trial held on 2/5/2008. Jury selected and sworn. Court adjourned until 9:00 a.m. on 2/6/08. Appearances: Kathy Boutchee/Timothy Bowne for Pltf. and William Harmeyer for Defts.(Court Reporter: K. Metzger), filed.(leddins, ) (Entered: 02/06/2008)

Feb. 5, 2008

Feb. 5, 2008

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33

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Lee H Rosenthal. Second day of JURY TRIAL held on 2/6/2008. Opening statements heard. Plfts. case begins. Witness testimony taken. Exhibits admitted as stated on the record. Pltfs. rest. Defts. case begins. Defts. rests. Court is adjourned until 2/7/08, at 9:00 a.m. when closing arguments will be presented.Witnesses: Munira Ali, Maria Rosanna Ruiz, Nizar Ali and Parrish Payne. Appearances: Kathy Boutchee/Timothy Bowne for Pltf. and William Harmeyer for Defts.(Court Reporter: K. Metzger), filed.(leddins, ) (Entered: 02/07/2008)

Feb. 6, 2008

Feb. 6, 2008

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ORDER entered for the Clerk's office to enter the attached jury instructions as part of the record. ( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) (Attachments: # 1 jury iinstructions) Parties notified.(leddins, ) (Entered: 02/07/2008)

1 jury iinstructions

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Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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35

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Lee H Rosenthal. THIRD day of JURY TRIAL held on 2/7/2008. Closing arguments presented. Exhibits certified. Case presented to the jury and deliberations begin. Jury note 1 received and answered. Verdict returned in favor of the Pltf. Trial ends. Appearances: Kathy Boutchee/Timothy Bowne for Pltf. and William Harmeyer for Defts.(Court Reporter: K. Metzger), filed.(leddins, ) (Entered: 02/07/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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Proposed Definitions on Jury Instructions Regarding Punitive Damages by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed.(sbyrum, ) (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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Certification of Trial Exhibits by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed.(rvazquez, ) (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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Exhibit List by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed.(rvazquez, ) (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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Exhibit List by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed.(rvazquez, ) (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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Jury Note No. 1, filed.(rvazquez, ) Additional attachment(s) added on 2/8/2008 (rvazquez, ). (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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Jury Note No. 2, filed.(rvazquez, ) Additional attachment(s) added on 2/8/2008 (rvazquez, ). (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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JURY VERDICT, filed.(rvazquez, ) Additional attachment(s) added on 2/8/2008 (rvazquez, ). (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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44

Certification of Withdrawal of Trial Exhibits by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed.(rvazquez, ) (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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Certification of Withdrawal of Trial Exhibits by Bellair Cleaners Inc, filed.(rvazquez, ) (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

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ORDER entered that the Clerk is hereby ordered to provide the lunch meal for the jury. This order is directed to the Financial Section for reimbursement to the Clerk providing the meal. ( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) Parties notified.(leddins, ) (Entered: 02/08/2008)

Feb. 8, 2008

Feb. 8, 2008

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TRANSCRIPT of Excerpt of Trial, Testimony of Munira N. Ali held on 2/6/08 before Judge Lee H Rosenthal. Court Reporter: K. Metzger. Transcript is available for viewing in the office of the clerk, filed. (kmetzger, ) (Entered: 02/27/2008)

Feb. 27, 2008

Feb. 27, 2008

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TRANSCRIPT of Excerpt of Trial, Testimony of Nizar R. Ali held on 2/6/08 before Judge Lee H Rosenthal. Court Reporter: K. Metzger. Transcript is available for viewing in the office of the clerk, filed. (kmetzger, ) (Entered: 02/27/2008)

Feb. 27, 2008

Feb. 27, 2008

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MOTION for Entry of Judgment Judgment by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed. Motion Docket Date 3/18/2008. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 02/27/2008)

1 Proposed Order

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Feb. 27, 2008

Feb. 27, 2008

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MOTION for Permanent Injunction by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed. Motion Docket Date 3/18/2008. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Boutchee, Kathy) (Entered: 02/27/2008)

1 Proposed Order

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Feb. 27, 2008

Feb. 27, 2008

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ORDER granting Injunctive Relief 48, 49 .( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) Parties notified.(chorace) (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

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JUDGMENT. Case terminated on February 29, 2008.( Signed by Judge Lee H Rosenthal ) Parties notified.(chorace) (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

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BILL OF COSTS in total amount $530.00 by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed.(kosborne, ) (Entered: 03/05/2008)

March 5, 2008

March 5, 2008

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Abstract of Judgment Issued, filed.(mmapps, ) (Entered: 04/22/2010)

April 22, 2010

April 22, 2010

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Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 25, 2006

Closing Date: 2011

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

Anna Naaz Inc (Houston, Texas), Private Entity/Person

Heaven Star Enterprises I, LP (Houston, Texas), Private Entity/Person

Heaven Star Enterprises LLC (Houston, Texas), Private Entity/Person

Denville Business, Inc. (Houston, Texas), Private Entity/Person

Bellair Cleaners Inc. (Houston, 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:

Litigation

Amount Defendant Pays: 55000

Order Duration: 2008 - 2011

Content of Injunction:

Monitoring

Discrimination Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits