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Case Name United States of America v. Tennessee Department of Transportation EE-TN-0133
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-00735 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
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 August 3, 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the Tennessee Department of Transportation ("TDOT") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The D.O.J. asked the court to order the defendant to comply with the provisions ... read more >
On August 3, 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the Tennessee Department of Transportation ("TDOT") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The D.O.J. asked the court to order the defendant to comply with the provisions of Title VII by ensuring that the application and selection processes for Highway Maintenance Workers and Transportation Assistants is fair open and competitive for both men and women. The D.O.J. also requested that the defendant be ordered to give its employees regular training regarding gender equality, and that the court order the defendant to refrain from any activity that discriminates against a female employee or any retaliatory activity against a person who has lodged a complaint about discriminatory practices.

The D.O.J. alleged that in TDOT, women are not represented equally in the applicant pool nor in the number of employees. The D.O.J. also alleged that the recruitment methods used by TDOT lead to a primarily male applicant pool.

On August 14, 2000, the district court (Judge Todd Campbell) approved an agreement between both parties. In the agreement, the defendant agreed to create a recruitment plan that would be targeted at hiring more female workers. This recruitment plan would include using media outlets, such as radio and television, to advertise these positions. The agreement also said that the defendant, within one year of the agreement, would have at least 25% female representation in TDOT.

This case is closed and we have no further information.

Janani Iyengar - 11/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
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 Tennessee
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of female employees, applicants, and potential female employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
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)
00 CV 735 (M.D. Tenn.) 08/14/2000
EE-TN-0133-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/03/2000
EE-TN-0133-0001.pdf | Detail
Agreement 08/14/2000
EE-TN-0133-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Campbell, Todd J. (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0133-0002 | EE-TN-0133-9000
Knowles, E. Clifton (M.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0133-0002 | EE-TN-0133-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gregory, Claire L. (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0133-0001 | EE-TN-0133-0002 | EE-TN-0133-9000
Johnson, Michael W. (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0133-0001 | EE-TN-0133-0002 | EE-TN-0133-9000
Martin, Marybeth (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0133-0001 | EE-TN-0133-0002 | EE-TN-0133-9000
Waterhouse, Rachel L (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0133-0001 | EE-TN-0133-0002 | EE-TN-0133-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Steiling, Kevin Gene (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0133-0001 | EE-TN-0133-0002 | EE-TN-0133-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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