Case: EEOC v. Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A.

3:04-cv-01892 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Filed Date: Aug. 30, 2004

Closed Date: 2009

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Case Summary

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in August 2004. The case was assigned to Judge David Godbey. The complaint was filed on behalf of four female employees alleging they had experienced sexual harassment and constructive discharge for complaining in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC sought monetary and injunctive relief on behalf o…

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in August 2004. The case was assigned to Judge David Godbey. The complaint was filed on behalf of four female employees alleging they had experienced sexual harassment and constructive discharge for complaining in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC sought monetary and injunctive relief on behalf of four former female employees of Jefferson Dental.

In January 2005, the four female complainants moved to intervene in the case. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in March 2005. Both of these motions were denied on September 7, 2005: the proposed intervenors could not intervene because they had already brought a suit on the same claims in state court. The defendant could not get summary judgment based on the existing state court case because the EEOC and the proposed intervenors were not in privity with each other. 2005 WL 2170858.

On February 3, 2006, the defendant filed a motion for an interlocutory appeal of the district court's denial of summary judgment. On May 29, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s order in part, requiring summary judgment in favor of the defendant on some but not all of the EEOC’s claims, and remanded the case. At the Fifth Circuit, the case was heard before Judge Carolyn King, Judge Wiener, and Judge Edith Brown Clement. 478 F.3d 690.

On May 21, 2008, the parties reached a settlement agreement, and the court entered a consent decree. Under the terms of this consent decree, Jefferson Dental had to publish a non-harassment policy and provide non-harassment training for its employees. The consent decree was to last for one year after its date of entry, during which the district court would have jurisdiction to enforce it.

No entries appear in the docket since 2008. The consent decree expired in May 2009, so the case is presumably closed.

Summary Authors

Kevin Wilemon (10/17/2008)

Rebecca Strauss (7/6/2018)

People

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Judge(s)

Clement, Edith Brown (Louisiana)

Godbey, David C. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Anderson, Suzanne M. (Texas)

Backhaus, William C. (Texas)

Canino, Robert Anthony (Texas)

Clark, Joel P. (Texas)

Francis, Ronetta J. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Chapman, Ron W (Texas)

Villani, Denise C. (Texas)

Judge(s)

Clement, Edith Brown (Louisiana)

Godbey, David C. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Anderson, Suzanne M. (Texas)

Backhaus, William C. (Texas)

Canino, Robert Anthony (Texas)

Clark, Joel P. (Texas)

Francis, Ronetta J. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Chapman, Ron W (Texas)

Villani, Denise C. (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

May 21, 2007 Docket

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Jefferson Dental Clinics

May 23, 2008 Docket
1

Complaint

Aug. 30, 2004 Complaint
31

Memorandum Opinion and Order

2005 WL 2170858

Sept. 7, 2005 Order/Opinion
38

Amended Memorandum Opinion and Order

2005 WL 3050319

Nov. 10, 2005 Order/Opinion
BL-26

Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

478 F.3d 690

Feb. 12, 2007 Order/Opinion
BL-34

[Untitled]

EEOC v. Jefferson Dental

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

May 11, 2007 Order/Opinion

Judgment

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

May 29, 2007 Order/Opinion
56

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Jefferson Dental Clinics

May 21, 2008 Settlement Agreement

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4755572/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-jefferson-dental-clinics-pa/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 12:34 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
31

Memorandum Opinion and Order. The Court grants the motion to amend and denies the motion to intervene and the motion for summary judgment. (See Order for specifics) (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 9/7/05) (skt, )

Sept. 7, 2005 RECAP
1

COMPLAINT with jury demand against Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA , filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(aat, ) (Entered: 08/31/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004
38

Amended Memorandum Opinion and Order. The Court stays this action pending disposition by the Court of Appeals of any interlocutory appeal of the denial of JDC's motion for summary judgment. (See Order for specifics) (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 11/10/05) (skt, )

Nov. 10, 2005 RECAP

***Magistrate Judge Ramirez chosen by random selection to handle matters that may be referred in this case. (aat, ) (Entered: 08/31/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004
2

CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PERSONS/DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (aat, ) (Entered: 08/31/2004)

Aug. 30, 2004
3

Summons Issued as to Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (aat, ) (Entered: 09/02/2004)

Sept. 1, 2004
4

ANSWER to Complaint by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA.(svc, ) (Entered: 09/30/2004)

Sept. 29, 2004
5

ORDER REQUIRING STATUS AND SCHEDULING CONFERENCE. The parties are directed to confer within 14 days of the date of this order and to report to the court within 14 days of the conference. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 10/4/04) (aat, ) (Entered: 10/05/2004)

Oct. 4, 2004
6

NOTICE of designation of lead attorney by Ronetta J Francis on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (aat, ) (Entered: 10/21/2004)

Oct. 20, 2004
7

JOINT STATUS REPORT by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (aat, ) (Entered: 10/29/2004)

Oct. 28, 2004
8

ORDER REGARDING INTENTION TO ADMINISTER CASE ELECTRONICALLY. The parties have agreed that this case is an appropriate candidate for the Court's Electronic Case Files (ECF) pilot project. The completed registration forms shall be submitted no later than 15 days from the date of this order. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 11/4/4) (aat, ) (Entered: 11/05/2004)

Nov. 4, 2004
9

SCHEDULING ORDER: Docket call set for 3/6/2006 before Judge David C Godbey. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 11/4/4) (aat, ) (Entered: 11/05/2004)

Nov. 4, 2004
10

Order Designating Case for ECF − see order for specifics. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 11/29/04) (dzh, ) (Entered: 11/29/2004)

Nov. 29, 2004
11

MOTION to Intervene by Carol Cantu, Linda Housholder, Esmeralda Jimenez, Heather Sooter (aat, ) (Entered: 01/05/2005)

Jan. 4, 2005
12

Defendant's RESPONSE to 11 MOTION to Intervene filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (skt, ) (Entered: 01/26/2005)

Jan. 24, 2005
13

***REFILED as doc. #14*** MOTION to Intervene Reply by Heather Sooter (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A to Reply to Defendant's Response to Motion for Leave to Intervene# 2 Exhibit Exhibit B to Reply to Defendant's Response to Motion for Leave to Intervene# 3 Exhibit Exhibit C to Reply to Defendant's Response to Motion for Leave to Intervene# 4 Exhibit Exhibit D to Reply to Defendant's Response to Motion for Leave to Intervene)(Anderson, Theodore) Modified on 2/9/2005 (skt, ). (Entered: 02/08/2005)

Feb. 8, 2005

NOTICE of Docket Text/Document Modification by Deputy Clerk regarding MOTION to Intervene/Reply document 13 ; Wrong docket event used, re−docketed using correct event. (skt, ) (Entered: 02/09/2005)

Feb. 8, 2005
14

REPLY to Response to 11 MOTION to Intervene filed by Heather Sooter. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B# 3 Exhibit C# 4 Exhibit D)(skt, ) (Entered: 02/09/2005)

Feb. 8, 2005
15

MOTION for Leave to File Its First Amended Answer by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA (Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 03/09/2005)

March 9, 2005
16

Vacation Letter as to Theodore Anderson for dates March 14 − March 18, 2005. (Anderson, Theodore) Modified on 3/10/2005 (skt, ). (Entered: 03/09/2005)

March 9, 2005
17

MOTION for Summary Judgment by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA (Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 03/11/2005)

March 11, 2005
19

Appendix in Support re 17 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix # 2 Appendix # 3 Appendix # 4 Appendix)(Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 03/11/2005)

March 11, 2005
20

RESPONSE in Opposition re 15 MOTION for Leave to File Its First Amended Answer filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Charge of Discrimination# 2 Exhibit Original Petition# 3 Exhibit LOD)(Francis, Ronetta) (Entered: 03/29/2005)

March 29, 2005
21

RESPONSE in Opposition filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Francis, Ronetta) (Entered: 03/31/2005)

March 31, 2005
22

Memorandum in Support re 21 Response in Opposition Defendant's Motion For Summary Judgment filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Francis, Ronetta) (Entered: 03/31/2005)

March 31, 2005
23

Appendix in Support re 21 Response in Opposition Defendants Motion For Summary Judgment filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 # 2 # 3 # 4 # 5 # 6 # 7)(Francis, Ronetta) (Entered: 03/31/2005)

March 31, 2005
24

Memorandum in Support re 15 MOTION for Leave to File Its First Amended Answer filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 04/13/2005)

April 13, 2005
25

***REDOCKETED***Memorandum in Support re 17 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (Chapman, Ron) Modified on 4/18/2005 (skt, ). (Entered: 04/15/2005)

April 15, 2005
26

Defendant's REPLY in Support of It's 17 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (skt, ) (Entered: 04/18/2005)

April 18, 2005

NOTICE of Docket Text/Document Modification by Deputy Clerk regarding Defendant's Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment. Document 25 was docketed using the wrong event; it should have been docketed under reply to response to motion event; this document had been redocketed as 26 . (skt, ) (Entered: 04/18/2005)

April 18, 2005
27

Memorandum in Support re 11 MOTION to Intervene filed by Carol Cantu, Linda Housholder, Esmeralda Jimenez, Heather Sooter. (Attachments: # 1)(Anderson, Theodore) (Entered: 07/11/2005)

July 11, 2005
28

Memorandum in Support re 22 Response in Support of Motion Opposing Defendant's Motion For Summary Judgment filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Francis, Ronetta) (Entered: 07/11/2005)

July 11, 2005
29

Supplemental Document by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA as to 18 Response in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment . (Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 07/11/2005)

July 11, 2005
30

Agreed MOTION to Stay re 9 Scheduling Order to Stay Discovery by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA (Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 08/26/2005)

Aug. 26, 2005
32

ORDER denying as moot 30 Agreed Motion to Stay Discovery. (See Order for specifics) (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 9/16/05) (skt, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

Sept. 19, 2005
33

MOTION to Amend/Correct 31 Memorandum Opinion and Order to Allow Interlocutory Appeal and to Stay Proceedings and Brief in Support by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B# 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 09/20/2005)

Sept. 20, 2005
34

RESPONSE in Opposition to Defendant's Motion Seeking Interlocutory Appeal filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Francis, Ronetta) (Entered: 10/11/2005)

Oct. 11, 2005
36

REPLY to Response to Motion re 33 MOTION to Amend/Correct 31 Memorandum Opinion and Order to Allow Interlocutory Appeal and to Stay Proceedings and Brief in Support filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (Chapman, Ron) (Entered: 10/25/2005)

Oct. 25, 2005
37

PROOF of Service for Subpoena served on Kilgore & Kilgore, PLLC on 11/4/2005. (skt, ) (Entered: 11/10/2005)

Nov. 9, 2005
39

PROOF of Service for Subpoena served on AAA on 11/8/05. (skt, ) (Entered: 11/15/2005)

Nov. 10, 2005
40

PROOF of Service for Subpoena served on Jeff Cantu on behalf of Cantu Construction Company on 11/8/2005. (skt, ) (Entered: 11/16/2005)

Nov. 14, 2005
41

Order Designating Case for ECF − see order for specifics. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 11/17/05) (skt, ) (Entered: 11/17/2005)

Nov. 17, 2005

Appeal fee has been paid, receipt no. 227409, $255.00 per 42 USCA Order, filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (jmr) (Entered: 02/10/2006)

Feb. 1, 2006
42

USCA Order re 38 Memorandum Opinion and Order, filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. Leave to appeal from the interlocutory order of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas, entered on November 14, 2005, is GRANTED. Also included is USCA letter with instructions on proceeding with the appeal (jmr) **PDF was incorrect and has been corrected. (Entered: 02/07/2006)

Feb. 3, 2006

Appeal number is 06−10090 re 42 Remark, 38 Memorandum Opinion and Order, filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (jmr) (Entered: 02/07/2006)

Feb. 3, 2006

NOTICE OF APPEAL as to 38 Memorandum Opinion and Order, 42 USCA Order Granting Interlocutory Appeal by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. (jmr) Filing fee already paid. Modified on 9/12/2006 (jmr). (Entered: 09/12/2006)

Feb. 3, 2006
43

Transcript Order Form by attorney for Jefferson Dental: transcript not requested re Notice of Appeal. There were no hearings. (Chapman, Ron) Corrected text. Modified on 9/12/2006 (jmr). (Entered: 02/08/2006)

Feb. 8, 2006

NOTICE of Docket Text/Document Modification by Deputy Clerk regarding bad PDF in doc. 42 USCA Order. PDF has been corrected. (jmr) (Entered: 02/10/2006)

Feb. 10, 2006
44

ORDER...It is hereby ordered that all matters in this case are STAYED pending the resolutionof defendant's interlocutory appeal. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 2/10/06) (svc, ) (Entered: 02/10/2006)

Feb. 10, 2006

Certified record on appeal re 42 USCA Order, filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA.: 3 vol. electronic record. (jmr) (Entered: 02/13/2006)

Feb. 13, 2006
45

Certified Record on Appeal transferred to Ron W. Chapman Jr. for Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. 3 vol. electronic record. (jmr) (Entered: 02/21/2006)

Feb. 21, 2006
46

NOTICE of Transfer of the Appeals Record from Ron Chapman, attorney for Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA to Jennifer Goldsten, attorney for EEOC in Washington, DC, re 38 Memorandum Opinion and Order. (jmr) (Entered: 04/04/2006)

April 4, 2006
47

NOTICE of Transfer from USCA5 of Appeal Record to Ron Chapman, attorney for Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA re Notice of Appeal. (jmr) (Entered: 09/12/2006)

Sept. 11, 2006

Appeal Record Returned: Electronic record has been recycled. (jmr) (Entered: 05/30/2007)

May 29, 2007
48

Opinion of USCA (certified copy) in accordance with USCA judgment re Notice of Appeal filed by Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA. Reversed in part, Remand in part. See

May 29, 2007
50

USCA BILL OF COSTS against Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (jmr) (Entered: 05/30/2007)

May 29, 2007
51

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Francis, Ronetta) (Entered: 08/13/2007)

Aug. 13, 2007
52

ORDER granting 51 Plaintiff's Motion to Withdraw and Substitute Counsel. Added attorney Suzanne M Anderson for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Attorney Ronetta J Francis terminated. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 10/4/07) (klm) (Entered: 10/05/2007)

Oct. 4, 2007
53

AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER: Jury Trial set for 7/28/2008 before Judge David C Godbey. The setting is for a one week docket. See order for other deadlines. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on January 25, 2008) (jyg) (Entered: 01/25/2008)

Jan. 25, 2008
54

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance by Joel Philip Clark on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Clark, Joel) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008
55

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance by William C Backhaus on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Backhaus, William) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008
56

CONSENT DECREE. (See Order for specifics) (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 5/20/08) (skt) (Entered: 05/21/2008)

May 21, 2008
57

ORDER OF ADMINSTRATIVE DISMISSAL: A Consent Decree was filed in this case on May 21, 2008. Accordingly, this case is administratively closed for statistical purposes without prejudice. (Signed by Judge David C Godbey on 5/23/2008) (axm) (Entered: 05/23/2008)

May 23, 2008

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 30, 2004

Closing Date: 2009

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of four female employees who had experienced workplace sexual harassment and were discharged for complaining.

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

Jefferson Dental Clinics, PA (Dallas, TX), Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Retailer

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 0

Order Duration: 2008 - 2009

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)

Provide antidiscrimination training

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Required disclosure

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