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Case Name Goodreau v. Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. EE-TN-0132
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00252 ( E.D. Tenn )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On March 29, 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC ("Bridgestone"). ... read more >
On March 29, 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC ("Bridgestone"). The DOJ sought injunctive and monetary relief.

The DOJ represented a Bridgestone employee who had served in the Army National Guard since August 5, 2000. On May 29, 2002, the employee commenced employment for Bridgestone at its plant in Clarksville, Tennessee, as an Operator Banbury. Bridgestone has a progressive pay schedule which is a step rate compensation system based on time at work. The employee was hired at a pay rate of $16.14 per hour and was moved to $17.44 per hour on November 24, 2002.

During December 27, 2002 to March 24, 2004, for a total of approximately 453 days, the employee was activated as a member of the Army National Guard under Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom.

The complaint alleges that the defendant violated USERRA by denying the employee an advancement of approximately 453 days on its progressive pay schedule and other employment benefits due to his membership in, or obligation to perform service in, the uniformed services.

On April 4, 2005, the district court (Judge William J. Haynes Jr.) approved a consent decree requiring that the defendant grant the employee the level of seniority, status and compensation that he would have enjoyed had he remained employed continuously with Bridgestone during the time of his active duty service in the military, including loss of wages, with interest.

We have no further information on this case.

Hyun Jeong Yang - 10/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Military status discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. ยง 4301
Defendant(s) Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
Plaintiff Description Department of Justice- Civil Rights Division on behalf of an Individual denied employment benefit due to his membership in uniformed services
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:05-cv-00252 (M.D. Tenn.) 04/04/2005
EE-TN-0132-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/29/2005
EE-TN-0132-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 03/29/2005
EE-TN-0132-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Haynes, William Joseph Jr. (M.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0132-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brent, Derrick L. (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0132-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0132-0001 | EE-TN-0132-0002 | EE-TN-0132-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0132-0001 | EE-TN-0132-0002 | EE-TN-0132-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Rydzel, James A. (Ohio)
EE-TN-0132-0002 | EE-TN-0132-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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