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Case Name United States of America v. City of Ville Platte, Louisiana EE-LA-0098
Docket / Court 6:07-cv-00769-TLM-CMH ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 1, 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the City of Ville Platte in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The D.O.J., alleging that the defendant discriminated against a pregnant employee ... read more >
On May 1, 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the City of Ville Platte in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The D.O.J., alleging that the defendant discriminated against a pregnant employee on the basis of her gender, sought injunctive and monetary relief.

The DOJ specifically alleged that although the female employee requested full-time employment, the defendant only offered her a part-time position due to her pregnancy.

On June 11, 2007, the district court (Judge Tucker L. Melancon) entered a consent decree, which stated that the defendant would create and make public a policy regarding discrimination on the basis of sex and pregnancy. The defendant also agreed to pay the employee damages.

This case is closed.

Janani Iyengar - 11/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Ville Platte Police Department
Plaintiff Description USA on behalf Latonya Rideau
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 not on record
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)
[ 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)
07-CV-769-TLM-CMH (W.D. La.) 06/11/2007
EE-LA-0098-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/01/2007
EE-LA-0098-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/11/2007
EE-LA-0098-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hill, C. Michael (W.D. La.) [Magistrate]
EE-LA-0098-9000
Melancon, Tucker L. (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0098-0002 | EE-LA-0098-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0098-0001
King, Karen J. (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0098-0001 | EE-LA-0098-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0098-0001
Tunnage, D W (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0098-0001 | EE-LA-0098-9000
Defendant's Lawyers LaFleur, K. Eric (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0098-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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