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Case Name United States v. Arkansas Department of Corrections EE-AR-0059
Docket / Court 4:95-cv-00543-GTE ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On September 11, 1995, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant discriminated ... read more >
On September 11, 1995, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant discriminated against employees on the basis of sex, subjecting female employees to poor working conditions.

After the plaintiff took depositions, the court (Judge G.T. Eisele) entered a consent decree on June 19, 1997 that stated the State shall provide monetary compensation to satisfy all back pay claims. A significant number of plaintiffs who had been treated poorly in the facility, former employees, objected to the Settlement Agreement. After the court's review, many of the plaintiffs were either denied or confirmed relief, which includes back pay, seniority, and pension credit.

On September 20, 2001, the court ordered the defendants' motion to dissolve the Decree and dismiss the case.

Erin Forman - 11/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-area
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) Arkansas Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of female Arkansas Department of Corrections employees
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 1997 - 2001
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)
4:95-cv-00543-GTE (E.D. Ark.) 09/20/2001
EE-AR-0059-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 10/15/1998 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0059-0002.pdf | Detail
Order 11/12/1998 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0059-0003.pdf | Detail
Order 09/20/2001 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0059-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Eisele, Garnett Thomas (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0059-0001 | EE-AR-0059-0002 | EE-AR-0059-0003 | EE-AR-0059-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Blustein, Benjamin Jay (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0059-9000
Dempsey, Robert N. (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0059-9000
Gadzichowski, John M. (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0059-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
EE-AR-0059-9000
Pence, Richard M. Jr. (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0059-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Kelley, Wendy L. (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0059-9000
Knight, William Fred (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0059-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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