Who needs a Social Security Number?

Below is the Consent Decree from EEOC vs Information Systems Consulting, as reproduced (rekeyed) by 'yours truly'. All known grammatical anomalies are faithful reproductions from the original text. Any others were inadvertently added during reproduction. Some identifying information has been censored for personal privacy reasons.

 


 

                                                [ Court Filing Stamp ]

               UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
                   NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
                        DALLAS DIVISION

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY      }
COMMISSION,                       }
                                  }
                 Plaintiff,       }        CIVIL ACTION NO.
                                  }
v.                                }        CA3-92-0169-T
                                  }
INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONSULTING,   }
A DIVISION OF DIVERSIFIED         }
HUMAN RESOURCES GROUP,            }
                                  }
                 Defendant        }
                                  }
                                  }


                         CONSENT DECREE

     This action was initiated on January 27, 1992, by the
plaintiff, the Equal Employment opportunity Commission (hereinafter
the "Commission"), an agency of the United States Government,
alleging that the defendant, Information Systems Consulting, A
Division of Diversified Human Resources Group, had violated Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, by terminating
Bruce Hanson because of his refusal to obtain a social security
number after Mr. Hanson advised the defendant that obtaining or
using a social security number was in conflict with his religious
beliefs.
     The Commission and Information Systems Consulting, A Division
of Diversified Human Resources Group desire to settle this action,
and therefore, do hereby stipulate and consent to the entry of his
Consent Decree as final asd binding between the parties signatory
hereto and their successors or assigns.  This Decree resolves all 
matters related to Complaint CA3-92-0169-T filed in the United 
States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas
Division.  The parties have agreed that this Decree may be entered
without Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law having been made
and entered by the Court.
    In consideration of the mutual promises of each party to this
Decree, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the 
Commission and Information Systems Consulting, A Division of 
Diversified Human Resources Group agree as follows, the Court finds
appropriate, and therefore it is ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED
that:
     1.  This Decree reolves all issues raised in the EEOC charge
No. 310-89-2438.  This Decree further resolves all issues in the 
Complaint filed by the Commission in this case.  The Commission
waives further litigation on all issues raised in the above 
referenced charge and Complaint.  The Commission does not waive
processing or litigating charges other than the charge referred to
above.
     2.  The parties agree and the Court finds that this Court has
jurisdiction of the subject matter of this action and of the
parties, that venue is proper, and that all administrative
prerequisites to filing suit have been satisfied.
     3.  By entering into this Decree, the parties have not 
admitted any contentions regarding the allegations on the merits of
this cause of action.  No party shall contest the validity of this
Decree nor the jurisdiction of the federal district court to
enforce its Decree and its terms or the right of any party to bring
an enforcement suit upon breach of any of the terms of this Decree
by any other party.  Jurisdiction over this action is retained by
the Court for the purpose of enabling any of the parties to this
Consent Decree to apply to the Court at any time for such further
order and directions as may be necessary or appropriate for the
construction or implementation of the Decree or any of its
provisions, or for the enforcement or compliance therewith.
     4.  This Decree is being issued with the consent of the
parties and does not constitute an adjudication or finding by this
Court on the merits of the allegations of the complaint.  By
entering into this Decree, Information Systems Consulting, A
Division of Diversified Human Resources Group, does not admit, nor
has this Court made any determination with respect to, the claims
that there have been any violations of Title VII or any other
statute, regulations or ordinance promulgated by any federal, state
or local agency dealing with discrimination, by Information Systems
Consulting, A Division of Diversified Human Resources Group.
Nothing contained in this Decree shall be construed as an 
admissions of liability on the part of the defendant.
     5.  The defendant, Information Systems Consulting, A Division
of Diversified Human Resources Group, in settlement of this
dispute, shall make an award of backpay in the amount of $10,000.00
to Bruce Hanson.  The award shall be paid as follows:
     (a)  a payment of $3,500.00 shall be made upon entry of the
          Consent Decree;
     (b)  a payment of $3,500.00 shall be made four months after
          the entry of the Consent Decree;
     (c)  a payment of $3,000.00 shall be made eight (8) months after
          the entry of the Consent Decree.
     6.  The defendant shall make legal deductions for withholding 
of Federal income taxes and the employee portion of social security
from the backpay checks.  The defendant shall include with the 
check, an itemized statement indicating specific amounts paid and
deductions made.  All W-2 forms shall be provided as required by
law.
     7.  The defendant shall make all employer contributions to
social security as required by law on the back wages to be paid to
Bruce Hanson pursuant to this Consent Decree.
     8.  The defendant, Information Systems Consulting, A Division
of Diversified Human Resources Group, shall be permanently enjoined
from terminating an employee or rufusing to hire an individual for
failure to provide a social security number because of religious
beliefs.  If an employee or applicant for employment advises the 
defendant that he does not have a social security number because of
his religious beliefs, the defendant shall request, pursuant to 
Section 6724 of the Internal Revenue Service Code, 26 U.S.C. 
6724, a waiver of any penalties that may be imposed for failing to
include an employee social security number on forms and documents
submitted to the IRS.  In the event the waiver is granted the
employee shall be treated the same as all other employees.
     9.  For a period of two (2) years from the entry of this
Decree the defendant shall provide a report to the Equal Employment
Commission of all applicants or employees who refuse to prowide a 
social security number because of religious beliefs.  The 
Commission shall be notified within ten (10) days of the date the
defendant is notified that the individual does not have a social
security number because of religious beliefs.  The defendant shall 
advise the Commission of the date the IRS waiver was requested and
the outcome of the request.  The reports shall be directed to:

               Jeffrey C. Bannon
               Regional Attorney
               Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
               8303 Elmbrook Drive, 2nd Floor
               Dallas, Texas  75247

     10.  Bruce Hanson hereby specifically and voluntarily waives
any right to reinstatement.
     11.  Bruce Hanson hereby agrees to release the defendant from
all claims, demands, damages and causes of action arising from the
allegations in charge number 310 89 2438 and agrees that this 
Consent Decree resolves all issues arising out of the claims
alleged in charge number 310 89 2438.
     12.  The defendant shall post the notice attached as Exhibit
A in a conspicuous place for sixty (60) days from entry of this 
decree.
     13.  The parties agree to pay their own costs.

     SO ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED this 30 day of October,
1992.


                                               [signed]
                                                                       
                                            UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR
                                            THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS


AGREED TO IN FORM AND CONTENT

FOR THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT 
OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION:
                                               [signed]                     
DONALD R. LIVINSTON                                                    
General Counsel                             Bruce Hanson
                                            [Street Address]
PHILLIP B. SKLOVER                          [City, State, Zip]
Associate General Counsel


   [signed]
                           
JEFFREY C. BANNON
Regional Attorney
Connecticut State Bar No.  [######]


   [signed]
                           
KATHERINE E. BISSELL
Supervisory Trial Attorney
Texas State Bar No. [########]

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
COMMISSION
Dallas District Office
8303 Elmbrook Drive, 2nd Floor
Dallas, Texas 75247
(214) 767-7948

   [signed]
                           
Mr. Dan Hartsfield
Ms. T. Michele Baird
Gardere & Wynne
A Registered Limited Liability Partnership
3000 Thanksgiving Tower
1601 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas  75201-4761

   [signed]
                           
Billie Tapp, President
Information Systems Consulting


[Letterhead]
            U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
                      Dallas District Office


                    NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYEES
         POSTED PURSUANT TO A CONSENT DECREE APPROVED
        BY A UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FOR THE
           NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS, DALLAS DIVISION

     This Notice is being posted as part of the remedy agreed to
pursuant to a Consent Decree between Information Systems
Consulting, A Division of Diversified Human Resources Group, and
the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the case
EEOC v. Information Systems Consulting, A Division of Diversified
Human Resources Group, Civil Action No. CA3-92-0169-T.

     Federal law requires that there be no discrimination against
any employee or applicant for employment because of the 
individual's race, color, sex religion, or national origin, with
respect to hiring, promotion, firing, compensation, or other terms,
conditions and/or privileges or employment.

     Information Systems Consulting, A Division of Diversified 
Human Resources Group, supports and will comply with such federal
law in all respects and will not take any action against employees
because they have exercised their rights under Title VII of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

     Specifically, Information Systems Consulting, A Division of 
Diversified Human Resources Group will not terminate an employee
because of religious beliefs.


   [signed]                         [signed]
                                                       
JACQUELINE R. BRADLEY            REPRESENTATIVE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS
District Director,               CONSULTING, A DIVISION OF 
Equal Employment Opportunity     DIVERSIFIED HUMAN RESOURCES GROUP
Commission



                     THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NOTICE
            AND MUST NOT BE REMOVED OR DEFACED BY ANYONE


     This Notice must remain posted for a period of sixty (60) days
and not be altered, defaced, or covered by any other materials.
All question concerning this notice or compliance with its
provisions may be directed to Jeffrey C. Bannon, Esq., Regional
Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dallas District
Office, 8303 Elm brook Drive, 2nd Floor, Dallas, Texas  75247,
(214) 767-7945


                            EXHIBIT  A


(all emphasis original)

I obtained a paper copy of this decree by contacting the District Court in Dallas at 214-767-0787, asking for the "Records" division, and referring to "CA3-92-0169-T". I then explained what part of this case I wanted, and was told to send a self addressed 55-cent stamped envelope to

Attn: Records
U.S. District Court
North District of Texas
1100 Commerce Street
Room 14A20
Dallas, Texas 75242