Case: EEOC v. ESTES OIL COMPANY

3:98-cv-00774 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Filed Date: March 31, 1998

Closed Date: Jan. 26, 2000

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Case Summary

The EEOC's Birmingham office filed this suit on March 31, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Northwestern Division. The EEOC alleged that defendant Estes Oil Company, Inc., violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against a class of female employees. Soon after filing, one complainant intervened in the suit. The second complainant later intervened, but the defendant alleged that a settlement had already been reached with that complainant. The court granted the motion to intervene but also granted the defendant's motion to enforce the previously reached settlement agreement. The second complainant settled for $12,000 according to the findings and recommendation resulting from the hearing to enforce the settlement agreement. No other available documents revealed the extent of the defendant's settlement. By February of 2000, all claims were resolved.

Summary Authors

Jason Chester (10/6/2007)

People

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Estes Oil Company

Feb. 22, 2000 Docket
21

Order [Granting Motion to Intervene]

EEOC v. Estes Oil Company

Aug. 6, 1999 Order/Opinion
34

Order Dismissing Fewer Than All Claims

EEOC v. Estes Oil Company

Dec. 28, 1999 Order/Opinion
36

Findings and Recommendation

EEOC v. Estes Oil Company

Jan. 5, 2000 Magistrate Report/Recommendation
37

Order of Dismissal

EEOC v. Estes Oil Company

Jan. 26, 2000 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT filed (Former Employee) (Entered: 03/31/1998)

March 31, 1998 PACER
2

MOTION by intervenor-plaintiff Jenny Walthall Forsythe to intervene with complaint, adding Jenny Walthall Forsythe as intervenor-pla, att filed cs (Former Employee) Modified on 10/20/1998 (Entered: 06/25/1998)

June 25, 1998 PACER
3

ORDERthat dft file response to application to intervene before 7/14/98 [2-1] filed (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 06/30/1998)

June 30, 1998 PACER
4

2 - ORDER granting motion of Jenny Walthall Forsythe to intervene [2-1] (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) entered cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 08/27/1998)

Aug. 27, 1998 PACER
6

INTERVENOR complaint (First Amendment), with complaint in intervention, original EEOC complaint, and other exhs att filed (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/20/1998)

Oct. 19, 1998 PACER
5

NOTICE of appearance for plaintiff EEOC by Debra Hawes Crook filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/20/1998)

Oct. 20, 1998 PACER

SUMMONS (with request to serve by certified mail thereon) and complaint, intervenor complaint, amended intervenor complaint and exhs issued-mailed certified mail (Former Employee)

Oct. 20, 1998 PACER
7

SUMMONS and complaint returned executed: upon defendant Edward Estes thru Cindy Sullivan on 10/21/98 filed (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/22/1998)

Oct. 22, 1998 PACER
8

SUMMONS and complaint returned executed: upon defendant Estes Oil Co thru Cindy Sullivan on 10/21/98 filed (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/22/1998)

Oct. 22, 1998 PACER
9

ANSWER by defendant Estes Oil Co Inc to complaint of EEOC w/appear by atty(s) Matthew C Minner filed cs (Former Employee) Modified on 11/24/1998 (Entered: 11/24/1998)

Nov. 23, 1998 PACER
10

ANSWER by defendants Estes Oil Co Inc and Edward Estes to EEOC and intervenor complaint of Jenny Walthall Forsythe, w/appear by atty Matthew C Minner, filed cs (Former Employee) Modified on 11/24/1998 (Entered: 11/24/1998)

Nov. 23, 1998 PACER

DOCKET modification (utility event) setting date of 1/23/99 re rpt35 (Former Employee)

Nov. 24, 1998 PACER
11

ORDER reminding parties of their obligations under FRCP 26(f) and LR 26.1(d) filed ( by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene ) cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 11/27/1998)

Nov. 27, 1998 PACER
12

Report (Proposed) of Parties (form 35) of compliance with FRCP 26 filed (Former Employee) (Entered: 01/14/1999)

Jan. 14, 1999 PACER
13

ORDER (New Rules Scheduling) that discovery cutoff is 8/2/99; dispositive motions to be filed by 9/15/99; pre-trial conf set 9:00 10/15/99; trial to be scheduled on Tues 11/16/99 at 9:00 (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) entered cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 19, 1999 PACER
14

MOTION (Application) by intervenor-plaintiff Sonya Morris to intervene with exh att filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 06/03/1999)

June 3, 1999 PACER
15

MOTION by defendant Estes Oil Co Inc to enforce settlement agreement filed cs (BST) Modified on 08/06/1999 (Entered: 06/04/1999)

June 4, 1999 PACER
16

OPPOSITION by defendant Estes Oil Co Inc to application to intervene of Sonya Morris [14-1] with exhs 1-7 att filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 06/07/1999)

June 7, 1999 PACER
17

ORDER that attorney for Sonya Morris, Nathan Martin, is to respond to dfts opposition to motion for intervention before Mon 6/21/99; thereafter matter will be under submission filed (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 06/14/1999)

June 14, 1999 PACER
18

RESPONSE (Reply Brief) by intervenor-plaintiff Sonya Morris to dfts motion in opposition to intervene and motion to enforce settlement agreement [15-1] [14-1] [2-1] filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 06/21/1999)

June 21, 1999 PACER
19

ORDER that hearing on motion to intervene [14-1] and motion to enforce settlement [15-1] is set for hearing on Tues 7/13/99 at 9:00 in CR 2C, Bham filed (by Magistrate- Judge Paul W. Greene) cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 06/24/1999)

June 24, 1999 PACER

COURTROOM NOTES: motions hearing held 7/13/99 before Magistrate Paul W. Greene ; oral arguments, court will enter order regarding motions; hrg adj; Tommy Dempsey, courtreporter, Tape 2C47,2C48 (CJV)

July 13, 1999 PACER
20

MOTION (Joint) by plaintiff, intervenor-plaintiff and defendant to extend deadlines and for continuance of trial setting filed cs (Former Employee) Modified on 07/30/1999 (Entered: 07/30/1999)

July 30, 1999 PACER
21

ORDER that Sonya Morris motion to intervene is GRANTED [14-1]; this does not preclude enforcement of settlement agreement previously reached prior to her motion to intervene; hearing on motion to enforce settlement agreement will be conducted within 60 days of this order as set out [15-1] filed (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) cm (Former Employee) Modified on 08/06/1999 (Entered: 08/06/1999)

Aug. 6, 1999 PACER
22

ORDER granting motion to extend deadlines [20-1] and for continuance of trial setting [20-2] for reasons set out filed (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 08/06/1999)

Aug. 6, 1999 PACER
23

INTERVENOR complaint of Sonya Morris, with jury demand filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 08/06/1999)

Aug. 6, 1999 PACER
24

TRANSCRIPT of hearing on application of Sonya Morris to intervene and motion by Estes Oil to enforce settlement agreement had before Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene on 7/13/99, filed - Court Reporter Thomas E Dempsey (Former Employee) (Entered: 08/13/1999)

Aug. 13, 1999 PACER
25

ORDER that hearing to be held on Wed 10/6/99 at 9:00 in CR 2A, Bham; counsel are referred to 8/6/99 order which sets out issues to be considered filed (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) cm (Former Employee) Modified on 10/06/1999 (Entered: 09/09/1999)

Sept. 9, 1999 PACER
26

MOTION (Joint) by parties to extend discovery deadline and the related trial settings filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/05/1999)

Oct. 4, 1999 PACER

COURTROOM NOTES: motion to enforce settlement agreement hearing held 10/6/99 before Magistrate Greene ; oral arguments, witnesses testify; court orally waives atty-client priv regarding Ms. Crook and Ms. Morris for purpose of hrg; parties are to submit a short ltr/brief w/in 10 days; court orally grants motion to extend deadlines all deadlines extended for 90 days from 10/6/99; Teresa Roberson, courtreporter, Tape 2C72 (CJV)

Oct. 6, 1999 PACER
27

26 - ORDER granting joint motion to extend deadlines; all deadlines extended for 90 days from 10/6/99 [26-1] (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) entered cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/06/1999)

Oct. 6, 1999 PACER
28

ORDER that jury trial which had been tentatively set for Tues 11/16/99 is CONTINUED GENERALLY to be reset at later date filed (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/14/1999)

Oct. 14, 1999 PACER
29

TRANSCRIPT of hearing had before Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene on 10/6/99 at 9:00, filed - Court Reporter Teresa Roberson (Former Employee) (Entered: 10/14/1999)

Oct. 14, 1999 PACER
30

MOTION by defendant Estes Oil Co Inc for substitution as attorney filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 11/10/1999)

Nov. 10, 1999 PACER
31

30 - ORDER granting motion for substitution as attorney [30-1] for Estes Oil Co Inc ( by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene ) entered cm (KAM) (Entered: 11/16/1999)

Nov. 15, 1999 PACER
32

MOTION (Joint) by parties to extend discovery deadline filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 12/10/1999)

Dec. 10, 1999 PACER
33

STIPULATION of pla Jenny Walthall Forsythe and dfts Estes Oil Co and Edward Estes for dismissal with prejudice filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 12/10/1999)

Dec. 10, 1999 PACER
34

ORDER upon stipulation for dismissal, that all claims of plff-intv Forsythe against dfts are DISMISSED with prejudice and each of thos parties shall bear own costs; remaining in this action are the claims of plff EEOC on behalf of a class of other females similarly stiuated to Jeny Walthall Forsythe and Sonya Morris, and the claims of plaintifff-intervenor Sonja Morris; this action referred to Magistrate Judge Greene as more fully set out in the order filed (by Judge C L Smith Jr) cm (LCW) (Entered: 12/28/1999)

Dec. 28, 1999 PACER

DOCKET modification (utility event) terminating plff-intv Jenny Walthall Forsythe (LCW)

Dec. 28, 1999 PACER
35

32 - ORDER granting joint motion to extend discovery deadline [32-1]; to extend discovery til 90 days after ruling on dfts motion to enforce settlement agreement (by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene) entered cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 01/03/2000)

Jan. 3, 2000 PACER
36

FINDINGS and Recommendation that it is RECOMMENDED that the motion to enforce settlement agreement reached between Estes Oil Com and Sonya Morris on 4/6/99 be ENFORCED as more fully set out in the order: further that the parties are directed to R72(b) filed ( by Magistrate-Judge Paul W. Greene ) motion to enforce settlement agreement cm (LCW) (Entered: 01/05/2000)

Jan. 5, 2000 PACER
37

ORDER adopting and accepting FINDINGS and Recommendation [36-1]; motion to enforce settlement agreement is granted; settlement agrement to be enforced and Ms Morris' claims resolved per agreement; Ms Morris' claims are dismissed with prejudice; EEOC and Estes Oil Co have reached settlement; case is dismissed without prejudice to their right to reopen this action within 60 days or submit stipulated form of final judgment, Case reassigned to Judge J F. Guin Jr, terminating case filed (by Judge J F. Guin Jr) cm (Former Employee) (Entered: 01/26/2000)

Jan. 26, 2000 PACER
38

STIPULATION of Sonya Morris and dfts for dismissal with prejudice filed cs (Former Employee) (Entered: 02/23/2000)

Feb. 22, 2000 PACER

State / Territory: Alabama

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 31, 1998

Closing Date: Jan. 26, 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Edward Estes, Private Entity/Person

Estes Oil Company, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit