Case: EEOC v. CRAFTEX WHOLESALE & DISTRIBUTORS INC and ASHCROFT LEASING LLC

4:02-cv-03021 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: Aug. 12, 2002

Closed Date: May 20, 2009

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Case Summary

The EEOC's Houston office filed this suit on August 12, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The EEOC claimed Craftex Wholesale and Distributors, Inc. and Ashcroft Leasing, Inc. sexually harassed multiple male employees by subjecting them to lewd acts. The EEOC alleged these acts created a hostile work environment in violation of Title VII and represented a pattern and practice of discriminatory behavior. After the defendant answered and the part…

The EEOC's Houston office filed this suit on August 12, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The EEOC claimed Craftex Wholesale and Distributors, Inc. and Ashcroft Leasing, Inc. sexually harassed multiple male employees by subjecting them to lewd acts. The EEOC alleged these acts created a hostile work environment in violation of Title VII and represented a pattern and practice of discriminatory behavior. After the defendant answered and the parties participated in a scheduling conference, the case progressed for over a year. Then, on February 23, 2004, the court ordered a conditional dismissal due to a settlement announcement. On May 20, 2004 a consent decree was submitted, approved, and entered.

In the consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay $190,000. The EEOC was to determine which employees were eligible to receive payment. Further, the defendant was to set up a special account in which to hold the settlement money, with interest being dispersed to the complainants. The defendant also agreed to institute a sexual harassment policy, create a complaint procedure, provide training for employees, report to the EEOC, and submit to four inspections per year by the EEOC. 1. The terms of the agreement were to run for 5 years. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2009.

Summary Authors

Jason Chester (8/1/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Craftex Wholesale et al

May 20, 2004 Docket
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Consent Decree

EEOC v. Craftex Wholesale and Distributors et al

May 20, 2004 Settlement Agreement

EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (June 2004)

EEOC v. Craftex Wholesale and Distributors Inc & Ashcroft Leasing LLC

No Court

June 30, 2004 Press Release

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Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
2

Order setting Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference on 4:30 12/3/02 by telehone before Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt and Order to Disclose Interested Persons, filed. Parties notified. (bchurchill) (Entered: 08/12/2002)

Aug. 12, 2002

1 SUMMONS issued for Craftex Wholesale (bchurchill) (Entered: 08/12/2002)

Aug. 12, 2002
3

RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to Craftex Wholesale 8/14/02 filed. Answer due on 9/3/02 for Craftex Wholesale (ljackson) (Entered: 08/20/2002)

Aug. 20, 2002
4

AMENDED ORDER FOR CONFERENCE AND DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTED PARTIES: Counsel shall appear for an initial pretrial and scheduling conference on 12/2/02 at 4:30 pm before Judge Hoyt by telephone, filed. (Signed by Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt ) Ptys notified. (fmremp) Modified on 08/26/2002 (Entered: 08/26/2002)

Aug. 26, 2002

Deadline updated; set telephone conference for 4:30 12/2/02 before Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt (fmremp) (Entered: 08/26/2002)

Aug. 26, 2002
5

CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PARTIES by Craftex Wholesale , filed. (ljackson) (Entered: 09/03/2002)

Sept. 3, 2002
6

ANSWER to Complaint by Craftex Wholesale (Added attorney Josef Franz Buenker), filed. (ljackson) (Entered: 09/03/2002)

Sept. 3, 2002
7

CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PARTIES by EEOC , filed. (sguevara) (Entered: 09/10/2002)

Sept. 9, 2002
8

Joint Report of Meeting and Joint Discovery/Case Management Plan by EEOC, Craftex Wholesale , filed. (sjones) (Entered: 11/20/2002)

Nov. 20, 2002
9

ORDER following telephone scheduling conference. Apprs: R Sustaita f/pltf; J Buenker f/deft. Setting Joining of parties 1/31/03 ; Pltf expert witness list and report submitted by 6/30/03 ; Deft expert witness list and report submitted by 7/30/03 ; Discovery cutoff 10/30/03 ; Deadline for filing all dispositive motions 10/30/03 ; Pretrial order to be submitted on or before 12/1/03 ; call deadline 11:30 12/1/03 ; before Kenneth M. Hoyt, entered. Initial disclosures are due on or before 12/17/02. ETT: TBA; jury trial. Parties notified. (Signed by Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt) (ljackson) Modified on 12/06/2002 (Entered: 12/03/2002)

Dec. 2, 2002

Deadline updated; notice of compliance due for 12/17/02 (ljackson) (Entered: 12/03/2002)

Dec. 3, 2002
10

INITIAL DISCLOSURE by EEOC , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 12/18/2002)

Dec. 17, 2002
11

INITIAL DISCLOSURE by Craftex Wholesale , filed. (hlerma) (Entered: 12/23/2002)

Dec. 20, 2002
12

MOTION for leave to amend complaint by EEOC, Motion Docket Date 2/19/03 [12-1] motion , filed. (ljackson) (Entered: 01/30/2003)

Jan. 30, 2003
13

FIRST AMENDED INITIAL DISCLOSURE by EEOC , filed. (hlerma) (Entered: 02/19/2003)

Feb. 19, 2003
15

SUPPLEMENT to [12-1] motion for leave to amend complaint, by EEOC , filed. (psmith) (Entered: 02/27/2003)

Feb. 25, 2003
16

NOTICE of change of facisimile number by Josef Buenker atty for Craftex Wholesale , filed (ljackson) (Entered: 02/28/2003)

Feb. 28, 2003
17

ORDER granting [12-1] motion for leave to amend complaint , entered; Parties notified. (signed by Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt) (ljackson) (Entered: 03/13/2003)

March 13, 2003
18

FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT by EEOC amending [1-1] complaint and adding Ashcroft Leasing LLC, filed. (psmith) (Entered: 03/26/2003)

March 25, 2003
19

JOINT MOTION to amend scheduling order by EEOC, Craftex Wholesale, Ashcroft Leasing LLC , filed. (tward) (Entered: 09/08/2003)

Sept. 4, 2003
20

ORDER granting [19-1] joint motion to amend scheduling order. AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER: discovery due for 1/31/04 , dispositive motion filing deadline for 1/15/04 , pretrial order due for 3/1/04 , docket call for 11:30 3/1/04 , entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt ) (psmith) (Entered: 09/09/2003)

Sept. 8, 2003
21

Notice of change of address of counsel for Craftex Wholesale , filed. (dhansen) (Entered: 01/15/2004)

Jan. 12, 2004
22

ORDER OF DISMISSAL without prejudice on settlement announcement, entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt ) (sguevara) (Entered: 02/23/2004)

Feb. 23, 2004

Case closed (sguevara) (Entered: 02/23/2004)

Feb. 23, 2004
23

CONSENT DECREE, entered; Parties notified. ( signed by Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt ) (sjones) (Entered: 05/21/2004)

May 20, 2004
24

JOINT MOTION to approve , and to enter a consent decree in resolution of suit , by EEOC, Craftex Wholesale, Ashcroft Leasing LLC , filed (psmith) (Entered: 05/24/2004)

May 20, 2004

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 12, 2002

Closing Date: May 20, 2009

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

Ashcroft Leasing LLC, Private Entity/Person

Craftex Wholesale and Distributors, 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: 190000

Order Duration: 2004 - 2009

Content of Injunction:

Retaliation Prohibition

Expungement of Employment Record

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Reporting

Provide antidiscrimination training

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Monitoring

Recordkeeping

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Male

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits