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Case Name United States v. School Board of Caddo Parish EE-LA-0103
Docket / Court 5:94-cv-00155 ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 26, 1994, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. (Title VII), in the U.S. District Court for Western Louisiana against the School Board of Caddo Parish. The United States asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging ... read more >
On January 26, 1994, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. (Title VII), in the U.S. District Court for Western Louisiana against the School Board of Caddo Parish. The United States asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII by discriminating on the basis of sex.

On December 15, 1994, the Court (Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne) granted the DOJ's motion to bifurcate the issues of liability and individual relief for trial. United States v. School Board of Caddo Parish, 1994 WL 792659 (W.D. La. 1994).

On April 25, 1995, the court ruled on a discovery matter. United States v. School Board of Caddo Parish, 1995 WL 450984 (W.D. La. 1995). On July 10, 1995, the court rule on another discovery matter. United States v. School Board of Caddo Parish, 1995 WL 450988 (W.D. La. 1995).

On August 7, 1996, the court conditionally entered the settlement agreement and set the date for a fairness hearing. Any objections to the proposed settlement agreement were to be in writing and filed with the court no later than twenty (20) days prior to the fairness hearing. On October 4, 1996, the settlement agreement was signed by all parties and the court.

On November 19, 1997, the DOJ moved the court to consider objections to the proposed individual awards. After various objections were filed by individuals, the court held a hearing regarding the individual awards on March 26, 1998. On April 14, 1998, the court ruled on the various objections relating to the individual relief awards. The recommendation regarding the individual relief awards was revised, the interest accrued in the settlement fund was to be distributed to eligible claimants, and further requirements regarding the distribution of the individual awards were imposed.

On April 14, 1998, the case was closed.

Kaitlin Corkran - 04/08/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
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) Board of Education of Caddo Parish
School Board of Caddo Parish
Plaintiff Description United States
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 Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1996 - 1998
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)
5:94-cv-00155 (W.D. La.) 04/14/1998
EE-LA-0103-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 12/15/1994 (1994 WL 792659) (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0103-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Order 04/21/1995 (1995 WL 450984) (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0103-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 07/10/1995 (1995 WL 450988) (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0103-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Payne, Roy S. (W.D. La., E.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-LA-0103-0001 | EE-LA-0103-0003 | EE-LA-0103-9000
Walter, Donald Ellsworth (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0103-0002 | EE-LA-0103-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Butler, Steven E. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Chun, Marisa A (California)
EE-LA-0103-0001 | EE-LA-0103-0003 | EE-LA-0103-9000
Lavin, Luis A (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Pena, David V. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Royster, Steven B. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Skinner, Michael D. (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Tarsy, Andrew H (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Denhollem, James S. (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0103-9000
Sutherland, Fred H. (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0103-0001 | EE-LA-0103-0003 | EE-LA-0103-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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