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Case Name United States v. Steubenville EE-OH-0090
Docket / Court 2:95-cv-00506-JLG-MRA ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 19, 1995 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 Southern District of Ohio against the Steubenville City Board of Education. The D.O.J. asked the court for injunctive relief, ... read more >
On May 19, 1995 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 Southern District of Ohio against the Steubenville City Board of Education. The D.O.J. asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII by discriminating on the basis of sex against employees through a disparity in pay and denying equal opportunity to certain positions.

The complaint alleges that the defendant: (1) paid female employees less than males employees for similar jobs and (2) adopted and maintained gender-segregated job classifications for janitorial positions in the Steubenville School District.

On May 19, 1995, Joint Stipulations of Fact were entered that stated: (1) the defendant maintains two separate classifications for its janitorial employees: Custodian Class I (males) and Custodian Class II (females) and (2) two females were offered Custodian Class II positions that scored lower on a service examination than a specific male plaintiff.

A proposed Consent Decree was entered by the court (Judge James L. Graham) on August 28, 1995 that stated: (1) the defendant shall not discriminate against any employee, applicant, or potential applicant or retaliate because an individual opposed discriminatory practices; (2) the defendant shall no longer maintain separate janitorial job classifications based on sex and compensate men and women for positions on the same basis; (3) the named plaintiff will receive compensatory relief.

On October 13, 1998, the judge dismissed the case.

Erin Forman - 10/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-area
Hiring
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) Steubenville Board of Education
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice, on behalf of a male school district employee
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 1995 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
2:95-cv-00506-JLG-MRA (S.D. Ohio) 10/13/1998
EE-OH-0090-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/19/1995
EE-OH-0090-0007.pdf | Detail
Order to Amend Order For Entry Of Consent Decree 06/25/1995 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0090-0004.pdf | Detail
Joint Motion for Entry of Consent Decree and to Schedule a Fairness Hearing 01/01/1996
EE-OH-0090-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Joint Stipulations of Fact 01/01/1996
EE-OH-0090-0003.pdf | Detail
Joint Motion for Dismissal 10/06/1998
EE-OH-0090-0008.pdf | Detail
Order 10/13/1998 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0090-0009.pdf | Detail
Report and Recommendation 08/03/2005
EE-OH-0090-0005.pdf | Detail
Order 08/23/2005 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0090-0006.pdf | Detail
Judges Abel, Mark R. (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
EE-OH-0090-0005 | EE-OH-0090-9000
Graham, James L. (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0090-0004 | EE-OH-0090-0006 | EE-OH-0090-0009 | EE-OH-0090-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chen, David Y (California)
EE-OH-0090-0002 | EE-OH-0090-0003 | EE-OH-0090-0007
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0090-0002 | EE-OH-0090-0003 | EE-OH-0090-0007 | EE-OH-0090-0008 | EE-OH-0090-9000
Gregory, Claire L. (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0090-0008
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0090-0008
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0090-0007
Rattan, James Evan (Ohio)
EE-OH-0090-0007
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0090-0007
Sargus, Edmund A. Jr. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0090-0007
Defendant's Lawyers Campbell, Drew H. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0090-0002 | EE-OH-0090-0003 | EE-OH-0090-0008 | EE-OH-0090-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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