Case: EEOC v. BELLE CHASE MARINE, INC.

2:01-cv-02981 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Sept. 28, 2001

Closed Date: June 11, 2002

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Case Summary

In September, 2001 the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant allegedly subjected complainant, a black employee, to a racially hostile environment by permitting derogatory comments to be made to the complainant due to his …

In September, 2001 the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant allegedly subjected complainant, a black employee, to a racially hostile environment by permitting derogatory comments to be made to the complainant due to his marriage to a white female, allowing its managers to make other inappropriate comments, and assigning menial and demeaning tasks to African-American employees outside their duties. The parties settled the dispute in June 2002 through a consent decree, prior to the defendant's appearance in court.

The two-year decree, containing agreements not to discriminate or retaliate, required the defendant to: re-employ complainant at a different work site, distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training both internally and externally for its managers, implement a complaint resolution process, keep records of all employment applications and pay $14,500 to be distributed among 6 individuals

Summary Authors

Daisy Manning (10/18/2007)

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Document

2:01-cv-02981

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Belle Chasse Marine

June 11, 2002

June 11, 2002

Docket
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2:01-cv-02981

Complaint

EEOC v. Belle Chasse Marine Trans., Inc.

Sept. 28, 2001

Sept. 28, 2001

Complaint
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2:01-cv-02981

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Belle Chasse Marine Trans., Inc.

June 11, 2002

June 11, 2002

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 6, 2022, 3:02 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT; 1 summons(es) issued (bc) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Sept. 28, 2001

Sept. 28, 2001

Automatic Referral (Utility Event) to Magistrate Judge Karen W. Roby (bc) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Sept. 28, 2001

Sept. 28, 2001

2

M.E. (2/4/02) ORDER that case is set before Mag Judge for call docket at 11:00 2/20/02 by Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby (pck) (Entered: 02/06/2002)

Feb. 6, 2002

Feb. 6, 2002

3

WAIVER OF SERVICE of summons and complaint sent to defendant Belle Chasse Mar on 10/3/01 (bb) (Entered: 02/21/2002)

Feb. 19, 2002

Feb. 19, 2002

4

WAIVER OF SERVICE of summons and complaint sent to defendant Belle Chasse Mar on 10/3/01 (bb) (Entered: 02/21/2002)

Feb. 20, 2002

Feb. 20, 2002

5

MINUTE ENTRY ( 2/20/02 ) On 2/19/02 the pla informed the Court that the dft has agreed to a waiver of sms; accordingly, pla has satisfied the call docket order by Magistrate Judge Karen W. Roby (bb) (Entered: 02/21/2002)

Feb. 21, 2002

Feb. 21, 2002

6

M.E. (4/2/02) CALL DOCKET: ORDERED that pla show cause in writing by 4/17/02 why claims & demands agst dft Belle Chasse Mar Transportation should not be dismissed for pla's failure to prosecute Judge for call docket by Clerk (pck) (Entered: 04/03/2002)

April 3, 2002

April 3, 2002

8

Motion by plaintiff EEOC to cont matter for 60 days to allow the ptys to finalize their Consent Decree and ORDER - denied as moot by Magistrate Judge Karen W. Roby (gw) (Entered: 04/19/2002)

April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002

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MINUTE ENTRY ( 4/17/02 ) the Mag Judge was notified that negotiations were successful & a settlement was reached; call docket set 4/17/02 is satisfied; Dist Judge's staff was notified to enter a dismissal w/a retention of jurisdiction by Magistrate Judge Karen W. Roby (pck) (Entered: 04/18/2002)

April 18, 2002

April 18, 2002

9

SIXTY DAY ORDER to dismiss case by Judge Ivan L. Lemelle Date Signed: 4/29/02 (CLOSED) (tbl) (Entered: 05/08/2002)

May 7, 2002

May 7, 2002

10

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC to approve and enter consent decree referred to Magistrate Judge Karen W. Roby to be heard before mag judge; no hrg date set (pck) (Entered: 06/11/2002)

June 6, 2002

June 6, 2002

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CONSENT DECREE: ORDERED that the negotiation, execution & entry of this consent decree will fully & finally resolve any and all claims of the Title VII violation brought by the Commission agst dft alleged in the instant civil action as stated herein; dft agrees to pay to Michael Samson $12,500.00 as stated herein w/in 15 days of entry of the decree; dft agrees to re-employ Michael Samson as stated herein; dft agrees to pay the class members identified herein $500.00 each w/in 15 days of entry of the decree; dft agrees to send at least 50 percent of its managerial employees to training as stated herein; dft agrees to conduct internal training as stated herein; dft agrees to cont to implement & distribute employees as stated herein; pla & dft will bear their own atty's fees & costs; the decree shall remain in effect for a period of 2 years from the date of its execution as stated herein by Magistrate Judge Karen W. Roby Date Signed: 6/10/02 (pck) (Entered: 06/11/2002)

June 11, 2002

June 11, 2002

Case Details

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 28, 2001

Closing Date: June 11, 2002

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

Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, Inc., 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:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 14500

Order Duration: 2002 - 2004

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Recordkeeping

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

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

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits