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Case Name United States v. Tipton County EE-TN-0137
Docket / Court 2:93-cv-03077-jsg ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On December 16, 1993 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 Western District of Tennessee against Tipton County. The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant retaliated against an employee for ... read more >
On December 16, 1993 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 Western District of Tennessee against Tipton County. The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant retaliated against an employee for filing a charge with the EEOC against the Sheriff's Department and later discharged him. The complaint could not be obtained.

On December 28, 1993 a consent decree was approved by the court (Judge Julia S. Gibbons). The consent decree stated: (1) the defendant shall not engage in any act or practice that has the purpose or effect of unlawfully discriminating against any employee with the Tipton County Sheriff's Department because of that individual's participation in any EEOC activity; (2) the defendant shall offer to pay compensatory damages to the plaintiff; (3) the defendant shall offer to expunge their files of any record of the plaintiff's discharge; and (4) the decree shall terminate two years from the day of its entry.

This case is closed.

Erin Forman - 11/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
General
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) C.D. Lewis
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of jailer John K. Whitley
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 1993 - 1995
Case Closing Year 1993
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)
2:93-cv-03077-jsg (W.D. Tenn.) 01/03/1994
EE-TN-0137-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 12/28/1993
EE-TN-0137-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Gibbons, Julia Smith (W.D. Tenn., Sixth Circuit)
EE-TN-0137-0001 | EE-TN-0137-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Halmon, Harriett M. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0137-9000
Norris, Gloria Jean (Texas)
EE-TN-0137-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brasfield, Duke H. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0137-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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