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Case Name United States of America v. The District Board of Trustees of Tallahassee Community College EE-FL-0127
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-00508-SPM-WCS ( N.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On November 3, 2006, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the District Board of Trustees of Tallahassee Community College in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, alleging that the community college subjected an employment candidate to discrimination on ... read more >
On November 3, 2006, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the District Board of Trustees of Tallahassee Community College in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, alleging that the community college subjected an employment candidate to discrimination on the basis of his race, African American, by failing or refusing to hire him for the position of HomeSafeNet Trainer. The United States sought remedial and injunctive relief.

The EEOC investigated the charge, found reasonable cause to believe that the allegation of race discrimination was true, attempted unsuccessfully to achieve through conciliation a voluntary resolution of the charge and subsequently referred the matter to the Department of Justice.

On November 7, 2006, the United States and the defendant agreed to enter into a consent decree entered by the district court (Judge Stephen P. Mickle). The Tallahassee Community College was ordered to offer the plaintiff a monetary award of $34,363 in backpay. The TCC no longer hires HSN Trainers so the TCC is not required to offer the plaintiff reinstatement. However, if he applies for employment with the TCC in the future, his application will be given fair, objective, non-retaliatory and non-discriminatory consideration. In order to accept the relief, the plaintiff had to sign the executed release.

We have no further information on this case.

Dana Schwarz - 11/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Tallahassee Community College
Plaintiff Description U.S. on behalf of an African-American employee
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 2006 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2007
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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  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)
4:06-00508 (N.D. Fla.) 03/28/2007
EE-FL-0127-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/03/2006
EE-FL-0127-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 11/07/2006
EE-FL-0127-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Mickle, Stephan P. (N.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0127-0001 | EE-FL-0127-9000
Sherrill, William C. Jr. (N.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0127-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0127-0001 | EE-FL-0127-0002
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0127-0002
Leggott, Charles E. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0127-0001 | EE-FL-0127-0002 | EE-FL-0127-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0127-0001 | EE-FL-0127-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Mabile, William R (Florida)
EE-FL-0127-0001 | EE-FL-0127-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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