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Series I: Juanita R. Cantu vs. United States Customs Service, 1975 - 1979


Scope and Contents

This lawsuit pertains to Mrs. Rosales Cantu’s termination from the U.S. Customs Service position she held from her hiring until May 24, 1975. The separation was considered by the U.S. Customs Service to be termination during probation. Mrs. Rosales Cantu appealed the termination by filing a civil lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Customs Service alleging she was discriminatorily discharged at the end of her year long probation, which she stated that happened systematically to women and Mexican-Americans.

Both parties reached an agreement in August 14, 1978 with Mrs. Rosales Cantu being reinstated to her position, receiving credit as provided by civil service regulations, receiving $10,000 back pay, and affording Mrs. Rosales Cantu the counseling and job evaluation to which she was entitled. The case was settled in February, 1979 with the condition that Mrs. Rosales Cantu was not entitled to be credited with the sick leave that she accrued with the U.S. Customs Services prior to her termination.

Folder one consists of correspondence supporting the Juanita Rosales Cantu vs. U.S. Customs Service, et al. No. 76-B-6 civil lawsuit. Notable indivuals that respond to her include: Honorable Kika de la Garza, Donald D. Slocum Assistant Regional Director of U.S. Customs Service, Jose A. Berlanga Assistant United States Attorney, United States Senator John Tower, United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen, Albert F. Bazemore Regional Commissioner, John Biondi Jr. Director of Personnel Management Division of U.S. Customs Service, Irwin Richman Attorney Advisor, and John R. Thorne Special Assistant to the Commissioner.

Folder two consists of the settlement, affidavit, and dismissal case paperwork as well as United States Treasury forms pertaining to Mrs. Rosales Cantu and other miscellaneous financial documents.


  • 1975 - 1979


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From the Collection: 3 Folders (3 archival folders)

From the Collection: 36 Files (Digitized files, including images and two audio recordings) : 1.10 GB

Language of Materials



This collection contained personal identifying information which has been redacted.


Juanita R. Cantu vs. United States Customs Service, Civil Action No. 76-B-6 Lawsuit, 1975-05-24 - 1979-06-11

Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Brownsville Campus Repository

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