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Case Name United States v. City of Newton EE-NC-0130
Docket / Court 5:99-cv-00189-RLV-HM ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On December 8th, 1999, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Newton in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The DOJ sought injunctive relief and demanded a trial by ... read more >
On December 8th, 1999, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Newton in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The DOJ sought injunctive relief and demanded a trial by jury, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against a white male formerly employed as a sanitation worker in the City's Department of Public Works and Utilities, because of his race, white, and his association with a black person.

The DOJ alleged that the discrimination against the former employee took the form of subjecting him to racial harassment, discharging him from his employment as a sanitation worker and failing or refusing to take appropriate action to remedy the effects of the discrimination against him.

His motion for intervention having been granted by the Court, the plaintiff-intervenor alleges similar claims of discrimination in a complaint dated April 5, 2000.

Though the defendant denied the allegations, the parties resolved all issues raised in the complaints amicably.

On July 6th, 2000, the Court (Richard L. Voorhees) entered a Consent Decree between the United States and the defendant. The Decree ordered injunctive relief, including the harassment training, monitoring, record-keeping, and reporting. The Court maintained jurisdiction for three years pursuant to the entry of the decree.

Jennifer Hau - 10/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Sanitation/Public Works
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
White
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Newton
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of white male
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - 2003
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)
[ 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)
5:99-cv-00189-RLV-HM (W.D.N.C.) 07/31/2000
EE-NC-0130-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial 12/08/1999
EE-NC-0130-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Answer to Complaint 01/03/2000
EE-NC-0130-0003.pdf | Detail
Complaint of Intervenor and Demand for Jury Trial 04/05/2000
EE-NC-0130-0004.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree Between the United States and the City of Newton, North Carolina 07/06/2000
EE-NC-0130-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Judges McKnight, Harold Brent (W.D.N.C.) [Magistrate]
EE-NC-0130-9000
Voorhees, Richard Lesley (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0130-0002 | EE-NC-0130-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Burrows, Charlotte (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0130-0001 | EE-NC-0130-0002 | EE-NC-0130-9000
Calloway, Mark Timothy (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0130-0001
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0130-0001 | EE-NC-0130-0002
Meacham, Barbara J. (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0130-0002 | EE-NC-0130-9000
Palmieri, Phyllis A. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0130-0004 | EE-NC-0130-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lawrence, Paul C. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0130-0002 | EE-NC-0130-0003 | EE-NC-0130-9000
Pitts, Larry W. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0130-0002 | EE-NC-0130-0003 | EE-NC-0130-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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