Case: Coble v. Texas Department of Corrections

4:77-cv-00707 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: May 6, 1977

Closed Date: 1983

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Case Summary

In 1977, two citizens of the state of Texas filed a class action lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Texas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their rights by discriminating against them on account of their sex when they applied for employment. On December 20, 1982, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge Norman William Black) h…

In 1977, two citizens of the state of Texas filed a class action lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Texas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their rights by discriminating against them on account of their sex when they applied for employment.

On December 20, 1982, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge Norman William Black) held that the TDC's policy of not hiring women to perform any correctional officer functions at male prison units violated Title VII, but the court further held that the TDC's policy of not utilizing female correctional officers in "contact" positions in male prisons did not violate Title VII. The court ordered the defendants to prepare a plan whereby female correctional officers would be routinely employed and utilized at the male prison units in those positions that would protect the privacy interests of inmates. Coble v. Texas Dept of Corrections, No. H-77-707, 1982 WL 1578 (S.D.Tex. Dec. 20, 1982).

On July 25, 1983, the court awarded attorneys fees to the plaintiffs' attorneys. Coble v. Texas Dept of Corrections, 568 F.Supp. 410 (S.D.Tex. 1983).

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (3/2/2007)

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People


Judge(s)

Black, Norman William (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brender, Arthur J. Jr. (Texas)

Hinderstein, Carro (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Conroy, Mary Katherine (Texas)

Gray, Richard Edwin III (Texas)

White, Mark (Texas)

Judge(s)

Black, Norman William (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brender, Arthur J. Jr. (Texas)

Hinderstein, Carro (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Conroy, Mary Katherine (Texas)

Gray, Richard Edwin III (Texas)

White, Mark (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:77-cv-00707

Memorandum and Order

Dec. 20, 1982

Dec. 20, 1982

Order/Opinion

4:77-cv-00707

Order

July 25, 1983

July 25, 1983

Order/Opinion

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 6, 1977

Closing Date: 1983

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

all women who have applied for employment with the Texas Department of Corrections

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Texas DOC, State

Case Details

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1982 - None

Issues

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run