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Case Name United States of America v. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey EE-NJ-0108
Docket / Court 04-648-JWB ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
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 February 13, 2004, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The D.O.J. asked the court ... read more >
On February 13, 2004, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The D.O.J. asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging the defendant had violated Title VII by discriminating against a male Senior Housekeeper on the basis of sex by refusing to promote him to a Housekeeping Supervisor position.

The complaint alleges that the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey discriminated on the basis of sex by: (1) refusing to promote the individual employee to a position he was qualified for and (2) retaliating against the individual employee for bringing a Title VII claim against the defendant.

A consent decree was entered by the District Court (Judge John W. Bissell) on March 18, 2005 that stated: (1) defendant shall not retaliate against employees for having brought the claims and (2) defendant shall pay compensatory damages to the individual employee; (3) if a Housekeeper Supervisor position becomes available, the individual employee will be given fair and non-discriminatory consideration.

This case is closed.

Erin Forman - 11/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Plaintiff Description United States of America, on behalf of a male senior housekeeper
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 2005 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:04-cv-00648 (D.N.J.) 07/26/2005
EE-NJ-0108-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/13/2004
EE-NJ-0108-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/18/2005
EE-NJ-0108-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Bissell, John Winslow (D.N.J.)
EE-NJ-0108-0001 | EE-NJ-0108-0002 | EE-NJ-0108-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chagares, Michael A. (New Jersey)
EE-NJ-0108-0001 | EE-NJ-0108-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-NJ-0108-0001 | EE-NJ-0108-0002 | EE-NJ-0108-9000
Kirkpatrick, Michael T (District of Columbia)
EE-NJ-0108-0001 | EE-NJ-0108-0002 | EE-NJ-0108-9000
Leggott, Charles E. (District of Columbia)
EE-NJ-0108-0001 | EE-NJ-0108-0002 | EE-NJ-0108-9000
Steele, Susan J. (New Jersey)
EE-NJ-0108-0001 | EE-NJ-0108-0002 | EE-NJ-0108-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Preuss, Robert (New Jersey)
EE-NJ-0108-0001 | EE-NJ-0108-0002 | EE-NJ-0108-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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