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Case Name United States of America v. Arkansas Department of Corrections EE-AR-0056
Docket / Court 5:00-cv-00395-GH ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On October 26, 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Arkansas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Arkansas. The D.O.J. sought injunctive relief, specifically requesting ... read more >
On October 26, 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Arkansas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Arkansas. The D.O.J. sought injunctive relief, specifically requesting that the defendant be enjoined from continuing its discriminatory hiring practices, that the defendant be forced to provide remedial damages, and that the court order defendant to take appropriate nondiscriminatory measures to overcome the effects of the discrimination.

The D.O.J. specifically alleged that the defendant discriminated against two employees who were Seventh-Day Adventists on the basis of religion. The D.O.J. claimed that the defendant discriminated by failing or refusing to hire one employee on the basis of her religion and that the defendant discriminated against the second employee by terminating her on the basis of her religion.

On November 1, 2000, the district court (Judge George Howard) accepted a settlement agreement agreed to by both parties. The agreement stated that the defendant did not accept the allegations of the D.O.J., however it agreed to take measures to ensure that no discriminatory practices were continued in the Department of Corrections. The defendant agreed to employ practices that would reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs. The defendant specifically agreed to inform employees who are Seventh Day Adventists that they have the opportunity to swap their shift with another worker in order to observe the Sabbath. In addition, the defendant agreed to pay the employee it terminated $9000 in damages.

This case is closed and we have no further information at this time.

Janani Iyengar - 11/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) State of Arkansas
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice suing on behalf of two Seventh Day Adventist employees
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
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 2000 - 2001
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
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By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
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Docket(s)
5:00-cv-00395 (E.D. Ark.) 11/03/2000
EE-AR-0056-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/26/2000
EE-AR-0056-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 11/01/2000
EE-AR-0056-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Howard, George Jr. (E.D. Ark., W.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0056-0002 | EE-AR-0056-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Burrows, Charlotte (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0056-0001 | EE-AR-0056-0002 | EE-AR-0056-9000
Casey, Paula J. (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0056-0001 | EE-AR-0056-0002 | EE-AR-0056-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0056-0001 | EE-AR-0056-0002 | EE-AR-0056-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0056-0001 | EE-AR-0056-0002 | EE-AR-0056-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Freno, Lori (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0056-0002 | EE-AR-0056-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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