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Case Name United States v. County of Oconto EE-WI-0057
Docket / Court 2:90-cv-00807-JWR ( E.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On August 15, 1990, 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 Eastern District of Wisconsin. The D.O.J. sought monetary relief, alleging that the defendants violated Title VII by ... read more >
On August 15, 1990, 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 Eastern District of Wisconsin. The D.O.J. sought monetary relief, alleging that the defendants violated Title VII by discriminating against an employee on the basis of race on multiple occasions.

On September 19, 1991, the D.O.J. filed a motion to dismiss this action. On October 2, 1991, Oconto County filed a responsive brief, requesting that if this court dismisses this action without prejudice, this court should award Oconto County its statutory costs and reasonable attorney's fees. Oconto County further argued that the separate action by the employee should also be dismissed. The D.O.J. replied that it does not object to a dismissal with prejudice as to itself. The government also stated that it has no objection to paying costs upon a properly filed statement of reasonable costs but objects to paying attorney's fees. The court (Judge John W. Reynolds) granted the D.O.J's motion and dismissed the government's lawsuit with prejudice. This court did not dismiss the separate action brought by the employee, as urged by Oconto County. The court (Judge Reynolds)awarded Oconto County reasonable costs but not attorney's fees.

Hyun Jeong Yang - 10/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Occonto County
Occonto County Board of Supervisors
Plaintiff Description The United States on behalf of a Native American employee of Oconto County
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1991
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)
2:90-cv-00807-JWR (E.D. Wis.) 02/27/1992
EE-WI-0057-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Decision and Order 11/25/1991 (778 F.Supp. 17) (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0057-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Reynolds, John W. (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0057-0002 | EE-WI-0057-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Esch, Eugenia (District of Columbia)
EE-WI-0057-0002 | EE-WI-0057-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-WI-0057-9000
Fryatt, John E. (District of Columbia)
EE-WI-0057-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Scott, James R. (Wisconsin)
EE-WI-0057-0002 | EE-WI-0057-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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