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Case Name United States v. Assumption Parish EE-LA-0102
Docket / Court 94-03656 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On November 15th, 1994, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Sheriff of Assumption Parish (in his official capacity). The ... read more >
On November 15th, 1994, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Sheriff of Assumption Parish (in his official capacity). The DOJ sought injunctive and remedial relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against female employees in the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department.

The complaint specifically states that as of June, 1994 there were approximately fourteen individuals employed by the Sheriff in the position of road deputy, none of whom was a woman. From at least July 1976 until August 8th, 1994, no woman had ever been hired for the position. The DOJ alleges that the defendant has pursued and continues to pursue policies and practices that discriminate against women, and deprive women of employment opportunities because of their sex. Furthermore, the complaint states that the acts, omissions, policies and practices of the defendant constitute a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment by women of their right to equal employment opportunities in the Sheriff's Department without discrimination based on sex.

The DOJ sought injunctive relief enjoining the defendant from engaging in discrimination, remedial relief that includes job offers with remedial seniority, back pay, and related benefits, and the adoption of a recruitment program designed to attract women to become road deputies.

The docket shows that a consent decree was entered on March 7th, 1996. This document is unavailable. A fairness hearing was held on the same day. On April 2nd, 1994 and April 4th, 1997, letters objecting to the settlement were entered. The last entry on the docket is on May 1st, 1997; it appears that a hearing was held on a motion by the defendant for individual relief.

Jennifer Hau - 11/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
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. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Assumption Parish
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of females who were denied hire
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
(E.D. La.) 05/01/1997
EE-LA-0102-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Opinion 10/11/1998 (1995 WL 602885) (E.D. La.)
EE-LA-0102-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Livaudais, Marcel Jr. (E.D. La.) [Magistrate]
EE-LA-0102-0002 | EE-LA-0102-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0102-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Schroeder, Lloyd Frederick II (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0102-9000
Usry, Thomas Allen (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0102-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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