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TDCJ Pays $267,000 to Settle Discrimination Claim

On September 15, 2005, the TDCJ agreed to pay a total of $267,500 to Melissa Roberts to settle a complaint she filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Represented by the Law Offices of Kathleen Day, to whom $107,000 of the settlement will be apportioned for fees and costs, Roberts agreed to forgo litigation of her Title VII claim as long as the TDCJ complied with the provisions of the Compromise and Settlement Agreement signed by the parties.

In addition to the monetary compensation, the TDCJ agreed to institute in-person EEOC training programs for supervisors and managers in key positions throughout the system within 6 months of the Agreement's execution. Employment discrimination is to be the focus of the training, including the illegality of sexual harassment and retaliation. A participant registry of these training sessions is to be provided to the EEOC and a liaison between the TDCJ and EEOC is to be appointed. These and other related provisions are to remain in force for one year after the execution of the Agreement. See: Roberts v. TDCJ, EEOC Charge No. 360-2005-00726.

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