Case: EEOC v. MATTHEWS DAYCARE & TRAINING CENTER, INC. aka MATTH

4:97-cv-01013 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: March 28, 1997

Closed Date: 1998

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Case Summary

EEOC's Houston, TX office filed this Title VII pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Matthews Daycare & Training Center Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston) on 03/28/1997. On behalf of three former female employees and a class of similarly situated females, the EEOC claimed that the defendant unlawfully perpetuated a policy of placing its pregnant employees on unpaid leave. EEOC sought a permanent injunction, and compensatory and punitive da…

EEOC's Houston, TX office filed this Title VII pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Matthews Daycare & Training Center Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston) on 03/28/1997. On behalf of three former female employees and a class of similarly situated females, the EEOC claimed that the defendant unlawfully perpetuated a policy of placing its pregnant employees on unpaid leave. EEOC sought a permanent injunction, and compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of the individual complainants. The complainants did not intervene.

After eight months of discovery, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment for the entire suit. District Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. granted in part and denied in part. Summary judgment was granted as to EEOC's claims on behalf of two individual complainants because the individuals did not timely file a charge with the EEOC and under the 'single filing rule,' the two individuals could not rely on the third individual's timely filing of the charge because they did not experience a similar act of discrimination within 300 days of the third individual's filing of the complaint. The case was finally resolved after a three-day jury trial.

Under the final judgment entered pursuant to the jury verdict, the remaining individual complainant would receive $1,260 in back pay, $568.01 in pre-judgment interest on the backpay, $1,260 in compensatory damages, and post-judgment interest at the rate of 5.375%.

Summary Authors

Justin Kanter (6/10/2007)

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4:97-cv-01013

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Matthews Daycare

Oct. 7, 1998

Oct. 7, 1998

Docket
21

4:97-cv-01013

Order Granting Motion to Compel Production of Documents

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Matthews Daycare & Training Center, Inc., a/k/a Matthews Childcare Academy, Inc.

March 4, 1998

March 4, 1998

Order/Opinion
32

4:97-cv-01013

Memorandum and Order: Motion for Summary Judgment

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Matthews Daycare & Training Center, Inc., a/k/a Matthews Childcare Academy, Inc.

June 10, 1998

June 10, 1998

Order/Opinion
60

4:97-cv-01013

Final Judgment

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Matthews Daycare & Training Center, Inc., a/k/a Matthews Childcare Academy, Inc.

July 27, 1998

July 27, 1998

Order/Opinion

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Docket

Last updated July 20, 2022, 3:15 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT filed; (bchurchill) (Entered: 03/31/1997)

March 28, 1997

March 28, 1997

2

ORDER for Conf set initial pretrial and scheduling conference for 3:45 7/25/97 before Judge Ewing Werlein Jr , entered; Parties notified. (bchurchill) (Entered: 03/31/1997)

March 28, 1997

March 28, 1997

3

ORDER to Disclose Interested Persons , filed. ( by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) Party filing case notified. (bchurchill) (Entered: 03/31/1997)

March 28, 1997

March 28, 1997

1 SUMMONS issued for Matthews Daycare & (bchurchill) (Entered: 03/31/1997)

March 28, 1997

March 28, 1997

4

ANSWER to Complaint by Matthews Daycare (Added attorney David T Lopez), filed. (psmith) (Entered: 04/14/1997)

April 11, 1997

April 11, 1997

5

DISCLOSURE of Interested Persons, by Matthews Daycare, filed (psmith) (Entered: 04/14/1997)

April 11, 1997

April 11, 1997

6

INITIAL DISCLOSURE pursuant to Order for Accelerated Discovery by Matthews Daycare , filed. (fmremp) (Entered: 05/02/1997)

May 1, 1997

May 1, 1997

7

Report of Meeting and Joint Discovery/Case Management Plan by EEOC, Matthews Daycare, filed. (ltien) (Entered: 06/03/1997)

June 3, 1997

June 3, 1997

8

NOTICE of Hearing: reset scheduling conference for 3:45 8/8/97 before Judge Ewing Werlein Jr , filed. (bwhite) (Entered: 06/19/1997)

June 19, 1997

June 19, 1997

9

ORDER/DOCKET ENTRY/Minutes of Rule 16 Scheduling Conference held 8/8/97 before Judge Werlein: Appearances: Attorney David Lopez f/Defendant, Attorneys Guy Kidd and Rose Mendez f/EEOC, The Parties shall file a joint report ninety days from today advising the Court whether the parties think it would be helpful to have a mediator and if so, provide the name of a mediator upon whom the parties jointly agree, entered Parties ntfd. ( Signed by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) (fmremp) (Entered: 08/11/1997)

Aug. 8, 1997

Aug. 8, 1997

10

DOCKET CONTROL ORDER: New Parties by 8/29/97 ; Expert Witnesses by Pltf 9/26/97 and by Deft 10/31/97 ; Discovery by 1/30/98 ; Dispositive Motions 3/2/98 and All Motions 3/16/98 ; Joint Pretrial Order by 7/2/98 ; Docket Call set 7/2/98 at 4:00, entered, Parties notified. ; ( Signed by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) (fmremp) (Entered: 08/11/1997)

Aug. 8, 1997

Aug. 8, 1997

11

JOINT REPORT Of The Parties On Status Of Settlement Negotiations and Advisability of Mediation, by EEOC, Matthews Daycare , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 11/06/1997)

Nov. 6, 1997

Nov. 6, 1997

12

MOTION to compel production of documents , by EEOC, Motion Docket Date 12/18/97 [12-1] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Nov. 28, 1997

Nov. 28, 1997

Motion(s) referred: [12-1] motion to compel production of documents referred to Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy (psmith) (Entered: 12/10/1997)

Dec. 9, 1997

Dec. 9, 1997

13

RESPONSE by Matthews Daycare n opposition to Pltfs [12-1] motion to compel production of documents , filed (psmith) (Entered: 12/10/1997)

Dec. 10, 1997

Dec. 10, 1997

14

REPLY by EEOC to response to [12-1] motion to compel production of documents , filed (hlerma) (Entered: 12/24/1997)

Dec. 23, 1997

Dec. 23, 1997

15

RESPONSE by Matthews Daycare to Pltfs Reply to Defts Response In Opposition to [12-1] motion to compel production of documents , filed (psmith) (Entered: 01/07/1998)

Jan. 7, 1998

Jan. 7, 1998

16

MOTION to extend discovery , to compel deft to answer interrogatory and produce documents , by EEOC, Motion Docket Date 3/5/98 [16-1] motion, 3/5/98 [16-2] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 02/13/1998)

Feb. 13, 1998

Feb. 13, 1998

17

RESPONSE by Matthews Daycare in opposition to Pltfs [16-1] motion to extend discovery, [16-2] motion to compel deft to answer interrogatory and produce documents , filed (psmith) (Entered: 02/23/1998)

Feb. 23, 1998

Feb. 23, 1998

17

REQUEST For Award of Fees, by Matthews Daycare, filed. (psmith) (Entered: 02/23/1998)

Feb. 23, 1998

Feb. 23, 1998

Motion(s) referred: pltf's [16-1] motion to extend discovery and [16-2] motion to compel deft to answer interrogatory and produce documents referred to Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy (ltien) (Entered: 02/27/1998)

Feb. 27, 1998

Feb. 27, 1998

18

NOTICE of Hearing: reset docket call for 4:00 7/9/98 before Judge Ewing Werlein Jr , filed. (bwhite) (Entered: 03/02/1998)

March 2, 1998

March 2, 1998

19

SUPPLEMENT to the [17-1] Response in Opposition to [16-1] motion to extend discovery, [16-2] motion to compel deft to answer interrogatory and produce documents, by Matthews Daycare , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 03/03/1998)

March 2, 1998

March 2, 1998

20

NOTICE of Filing Corrected Signature Page on Motion to Extend Discovery and To Compel Answers, by EEOC , filed (psmith) (Entered: 03/04/1998)

March 2, 1998

March 2, 1998

21

ORDER granting Pltfs [12-1] motion to compel production of documents; granting Pltfs [16-1] motion to extend discovery and denying [16-2] motion to compel deft to answer interrogatory and produce documents. All further relief sought in motions, not specifically granted is DENIED. The discovery deadline is extended to 4/17/98 , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy ) (psmith) Modified on 03/04/1998 (Entered: 03/04/1998)

March 3, 1998

March 3, 1998

Motion(s) no longer referred: [16-1] motion to extend discovery, [16-2] motion to compel deft to answer interrogatory and produce documents, [12-1] motion to compel production of documents (fmremp) (Entered: 03/04/1998)

March 3, 1998

March 3, 1998

22

REPLY by EEOC to Defts response in opposition to [16-1] motion to extend discovery, [16-2] motion to compel deft to answer interrogatory and produce documents , filed (psmith) (Entered: 03/05/1998)

March 5, 1998

March 5, 1998

22

RESPONSE by EEOC to Defts [17-1] Request for Award of Fees, filed. (psmith) (Entered: 03/05/1998)

March 5, 1998

March 5, 1998

23

UNOPPOSED MOTION to extend deadline for dispositive motions , by Matthews Daycare, Motion Docket Date 3/26/98 [23-1] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 03/09/1998)

March 6, 1998

March 6, 1998

24

ORDER granting Deft's [23-1] motion to extend deadline for dispositive motions. Set dispositive motion filing for 3/30/98 , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) (hlerma) (Entered: 03/12/1998)

March 11, 1998

March 11, 1998

25

MOTION for summary judgment , by Matthews Daycare, Motion Docket Date 4/19/98 [25-1] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 03/31/1998)

March 30, 1998

March 30, 1998

26

MEMORANDUM Of Authorities by Matthews Daycare in support of [25-1] motion for summary judgment , filed (psmith) (Entered: 03/31/1998)

March 30, 1998

March 30, 1998

27

MEMORANDUM by EEOC in opposition to [25-1] motion for summary judgment , filed in expandable file. (fmremp) (Entered: 04/20/1998)

April 20, 1998

April 20, 1998

28

MOTION to exceed page limitation for memorandum in opposition to dft's motion for summary judgment by EEOC, Motion Docket Date 5/10/98 [28-1] motion , filed. (fmremp) (Entered: 04/20/1998)

April 20, 1998

April 20, 1998

29

ORDER granting Pltfs [28-1] motion to exceed page limitation for memorandum in opposition to dft's motion for summary judgment, not to exceed 30 pages, entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) (psmith) (Entered: 04/27/1998)

April 24, 1998

April 24, 1998

30

REPLY and Supplemental Memorandum in support of [25-1] motion for summary judgment, by Matthews Daycare, filed. (psmith) (Entered: 05/15/1998)

May 15, 1998

May 15, 1998

31

MEMORANDUM by Matthews Daycare of supplementary authority in support of [25-1] motion for summary judgment , filed (fmremp) (Entered: 05/21/1998)

May 21, 1998

May 21, 1998

32

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: Defts [25-1] motion for summary judgment is GRANTED as to Pltfs claims for damages filed on behalf of Latrice Smith and Brigetti Graves. Defts motion for summary judgment is otherwise DENIED, entered. Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) (psmith) (Entered: 06/10/1998)

June 9, 1998

June 9, 1998

33

MOTION for reconsideration of [32-1] order re: deft's motion for summary judgment by Matthews Daycare & Training Center, Motion Docket Date 7/2/98 [33-1] motion , filed. (ltien) (Entered: 06/12/1998)

June 12, 1998

June 12, 1998

34

MOTION to strike class claims , by Matthews Daycare, Motion Docket Date 7/5/98 [34-1] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 06/15/1998)

June 15, 1998

June 15, 1998

35

JOINT PRETRIAL ORDER of EEOC, filed. (psmith) (Entered: 06/16/1998)

June 15, 1998

June 15, 1998

36

Unsworn DECLARATION Of Guy Kidd In Support of Unilateral [35-1] pretrial order , filed (psmith) (Entered: 06/16/1998)

June 15, 1998

June 15, 1998

37

MOTION in limine , and to strike Olga Casteneda from defts witness list , by EEOC, Motion Docket Date 7/5/98 [37-1] motion, 7/5/98 [37-2] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 06/16/1998)

June 15, 1998

June 15, 1998

38

PROPOSED PRETRIAL ORDER of Matthews Daycare, filed. (psmith) (Entered: 06/16/1998)

June 15, 1998

June 15, 1998

40

RESPONSE by EEOC to Defts [34-1] motion to strike class claims , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 06/19/1998)

June 19, 1998

June 19, 1998

41

MEMORANDUM by EEOC in opposition to Defts [39-1] motion in limine , filed (psmith) (Entered: 06/30/1998)

June 30, 1998

June 30, 1998

42

JOINT PRETRIAL ORDER, filed. (psmith) (Entered: 06/30/1998)

June 30, 1998

June 30, 1998

43

MEMORANDUM by EEOC in opposition to Defts [33-1] motion for reconsideration of [32-1] order re: deft's motion for summary judgment , filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/02/1998)

July 2, 1998

July 2, 1998

44

REPLY by Matthews Daycare to Pltfs Opposition to Defts [39-1] motion in limine , filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/06/1998)

July 6, 1998

July 6, 1998

45

REPLY Memorandum to pltf's objection to Exhibits 7 and 8, by Matthews Daycare , filed. (ltien) (Entered: 07/07/1998)

July 7, 1998

July 7, 1998

46

REPLY to Defts Response to Pltfs Objection To Defts Exhibits Seven and Eight, by EEOC , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 07/08/1998)

July 8, 1998

July 8, 1998

47

SUPPLEMENTAL MEMORANDUM Responding to Pltfs Objections To Exhibits 7 and 8, by Matthews Daycare , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 07/08/1998)

July 8, 1998

July 8, 1998

48

Minute entry: DOCKET CALL held on 7/9/98. Apps: Kidd; Mendez; Yokus. Parties announce ready for trial. ETT: 2 days. Case set as #3 case on trailing docket for 7/21/98. The [33-1] motion for reconsideration of [32-1] order re: deft's motion for summary judgment is DENIED; the [34-1] motion to strike class claims is GRANTED. terminated deadlines Ct Reporter: K Metzger (psmith) (Entered: 07/10/1998)

July 9, 1998

July 9, 1998

49

MOTION to strike Rev Joseph Baker from defts witness list , and to prohibit testimony and argument evidencing the summary judgment order by EEOC, Motion Docket Date 8/5/98 [49-1] motion, 8/5/98 [49-2] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 07/16/1998)

July 16, 1998

July 16, 1998

50

OBJECTION to Pltfs' Proposed Exhibits by Matthews Daycare , filed. (fmremp) (Entered: 07/17/1998)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

51

PLTF'S OBJECTIONS to deft's exhibits by EEOC, filed. (ddarneille) (Entered: 07/17/1998)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

52

Minute entry: JURY TRIAL held on 7/20/98. Apps: Kidd; Lopez; Yokus. Trial begins. The [39-1] motion in limine and [37-1] motion in limine is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. terminated deadlines Ct Reporter: W Faris (psmith) (Entered: 07/21/1998)

July 20, 1998

July 20, 1998

53

Voir dire questions by EEOC, Matthews Daycare , filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/21/1998)

July 20, 1998

July 20, 1998

54

2nd Day of Jury trial held before Judge Ewing Werlein Jr on 7/21/98. Evidence presented; evidence concluded. Ct Reporter: W Faris (psmith) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 21, 1998

July 21, 1998

55

3rd Day of Jury trial held before Judge Ewing Werlein Jr on 7/22/98. Jury finds for Pltf. Request for Injunctive Relief is Denied. Objections to Court's jury charge is Denied. Hearing held on Injunctive Relief. Ct Reporter: W Faris (psmith) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

56

Exhibit list by Matthews Daycare, filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

57

Exhibit list by EEOC, filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

58

Court Instructions To The Jury, filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

59

JURY VERDICT, filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

Rec'd and fwd to CRD: proposed final judgment (ltien) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 23, 1998

July 23, 1998

60

FINAL JUDGMENT, entered. Parties ntfd. Pltf shall recover from Deft back pay plus interest and compensatory damages. ( signed by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) (psmith) (Entered: 07/27/1998)

July 24, 1998

July 24, 1998

Case closed (psmith) (Entered: 07/27/1998)

July 24, 1998

July 24, 1998

61

BILL OF COSTS, in the amount of $2633.24, for EEOC, filed (psmith) (Entered: 07/31/1998)

July 30, 1998

July 30, 1998

62

RESPONSE by Matthews Daycare in opposition to [61-1] bill of costs , filed (psmith) (Entered: 08/04/1998)

Aug. 3, 1998

Aug. 3, 1998

63

MOTION for award of attorney fees , by Matthews Daycare, Motion Docket Date 8/30/98 [63-1] motion , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 08/10/1998)

Aug. 10, 1998

Aug. 10, 1998

64

REPLY to Defts [62-1] Opposition to Pltfs [61-1] bill of costs, by EEOC , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 08/18/1998)

Aug. 18, 1998

Aug. 18, 1998

65

DEFT'S SUPPLEMENTARY MEMORANDUM in opposition to [61-1] bill of costs by Matthews Daycare, filed. (ddarneille) (Entered: 08/20/1998)

Aug. 20, 1998

Aug. 20, 1998

66

ORDER denying Matthews Daycare's [62-1] opposition to bill of costs, entered; pltf shall recover from deft its costs, the same reflecting a reduction conceded by pltf in Footnot No 1 to its reply; pltf shall also recover post judgment interest. Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Ewing Werlein Jr ) (ltien) (Entered: 08/21/1998)

Aug. 20, 1998

Aug. 20, 1998

67

MEMORANDUM by EEOC in opposition to Defts [63-1] motion for award of attorney fees , filed (psmith) (Entered: 09/01/1998)

Sept. 1, 1998

Sept. 1, 1998

68

REPLY by Matthews Daycare to Pltfs response to [63-1] motion for award of attorney fees , filed (psmith) (Entered: 09/14/1998)

Sept. 14, 1998

Sept. 14, 1998

69

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER denying Defts [63-1] motion for award of attorney fees , entered. Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Ewing

Oct. 7, 1998

Oct. 7, 1998

Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 28, 1997

Closing Date: 1998

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

Matthews Daycare & Training Center 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

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Amount Defendant Pays: 3088.01

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Pay / Benefits

Discrimination-basis:

Pregnancy discrimination

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits