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Case Name United States v. North Little Rock School District EE-AR-0057
Docket / Court 4:99-cv-00113-SMR ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
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 18, 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the North Little Rock School District under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and monetary ... read more >
On February 18, 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the North Little Rock School District under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII, by discriminating and retaliating against a former employee, on the basis of gender.

The plaintiff alleges that the employee was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment and was retaliated against after her complaint was issued. The employee's workload was increased and supervised more closely, and she was eventually transferred to a less desirable position. The employee issued an intervenor complaint on May 5, 1999, so as to seek monetary reparations for this disparate and retaliatory treatment.

On February 2, 2001, the District Court (Judge Stephen M. Reasoner) entered a Consent Decree, agreed upon by both parties. The defendant School District was to issue and distribute a Sexual Harassment Policy with a Sexual Harrassment Complaint Procedure and Sexual Harassment Training program. An EEO Officer would also have to be appointed at the school to report to the Superintendent and Board of Education any incidents of sexual harassment or retaliation. The intervenor plaintiff was written a letter of apology and additionally awarded a monetary payment of $70,000.

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Jane Wu - 11/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Little Rock
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a female employee
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 Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
4:99-cv-00113-SMR (E.D. Ark.) 04/18/2001
EE-AR-0057-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/18/1999
EE-AR-0057-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 04/02/2001
EE-AR-0057-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Reasoner, Stephen M. (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0057-0002 | EE-AR-0057-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0057-0001 | EE-AR-0057-0002 | EE-AR-0057-9000
Hamilton, Jim P (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0057-0002 | EE-AR-0057-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0057-0001 | EE-AR-0057-9000
Libman, Robert S (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0057-0001 | EE-AR-0057-0002 | EE-AR-0057-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Blume, W. Paul (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0057-0002 | EE-AR-0057-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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