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Case Name United States v. City of Hayti Heights, Missouri EE-MO-0101
Docket / Court 1:07-cv-00026-RWS ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On February 16, 2007, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against City of Hayti Heights, Missouri. The DOJ asked the court for injunctive and compensatory relief, ... read more >
On February 16, 2007, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against City of Hayti Heights, Missouri. The DOJ asked the court for injunctive and compensatory relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII by discriminating against a "patrolman" on the basis of sex.

The complaint alleges that the defendant discriminated on the basis of sex by: (1) terminating the plaintiff's employment with the City on the basis of her sex and (2) failing or refusing to take appropriate action to remedy the effects of the discriminatory treatment of the plaintiff.

Afterwards, the parties went into alternative dispute resolution processes. They reached a settlement, and filed a joint motion to approve consent judgment on October 25, 2007. The Court (Judge Rodney W. Sippel) issued a consent judgment on October 30, 2007.

Under the consent decree, the parties were not making any admissions. The decree included following general injunctions: 1) prohibition against gender discrimination; 2) prohibition against retaliation or any acts adversely affecting the conditions of employment. Subject to the approval of the United States, the City agreed to modify its policies and procedures prohibiting gender discrimination in the following ways: 1) prohibition of discrimination in any conditions of employment, including hiring and termination; 2) implementing procedures for complaints and redress; 3) notice of new policies through posting in public places, including Internet; 4) providing antidiscrimination training; 5) designating a special person to monitor compliance with the decree; 6) retaining records pertinent to new policies. The individual and the City agreed to her reinstatement with the seniority date of July 9, 2004 and requirement of at least a 32 hours work week. The individual also receive $1,000.00 in backpay. The Court retained jurisdiction over the implementation of the decree. The decree was to dissolve within two years of its entry.

On December 27, 2007, the Court granted the defendant's motion to withdraw.

Erin Forman - 10/25/2007
Zhandos Kuderin - 07/17/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reinstatement
Retaliation Prohibition
Retroactive Senority
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Hayti Heights, Missouri
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of a female patrolman
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2009
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)
1:07-cv-00026 (E.D. Mo.) 12/27/2007
EE-MO-0101-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/16/2007
EE-MO-0101-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/30/2007 (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0101-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Sippel, Rodney W. (W.D. Mo., E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0101-0002 | EE-MO-0101-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alexis, Michael J. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0101-0001 | EE-MO-0101-0002 | EE-MO-0101-9000
Blutter, Sarah C (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0101-0002 | EE-MO-0101-9000
Comisac, Rena J. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0101-0002
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0101-0002
Hanaway, Catherine L. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0101-0001
Harris, Ondray (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0101-0001
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0101-0001 | EE-MO-0101-0002
Price, Michael A. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0101-0001 | EE-MO-0101-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Glynias , Josef S. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0101-9000
Mathis , Kimberley Joy Smith (Missouri)
EE-MO-0101-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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