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Case Name Williams v. Sprint/United Mgmt. Co. EE-KS-0025
Docket / Court 03-02200 ( D. Kan. )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On April 23, 2003, the plaintiff, a woman over 40 years of age, filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) pursuant to pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 621 and Americans with Disabilities Act, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §12203 against Sprint/United Management ... read more >
On April 23, 2003, the plaintiff, a woman over 40 years of age, filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) pursuant to pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 621 and Americans with Disabilities Act, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §12203 against Sprint/United Management Company in United States District Court, District of Kansas. The plaintiff represented by private counsel, asked the court to be reinstated to her former position, awarded back pay in an amount not less than $75,000.00, awarded front pay, lost fringe benefits, compensation for physical injury, pain and suffering, future medical, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other categories of actual damage, and punitive damages in the amount of $1,000,000.00. The plaintiff alleged that that defendant had engaged in a pattern and practice of age discrimination against her and others similarly situated such that it should proceed as a collective action under the ADEA. The plaintiff was terminated in a reduction in force (RIF) while working for Sprint Management Company. The plaintiff contends that Sprint, before and during the RIF process, routinely transferred younger employees (i.e., employees [*486] under the age of 40) to "safe" positions-positions that would not be eliminated during the RIF.

On September 11, 2007, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, with Judge John Lungstrum presiding, ordered that the class settlement agreement would be approved. The proposed settlement provides $57 million dollars in monetary relief to the 1,697 member collective action previously certified under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). Specifically, the Court found, based on the parties' joint filing, the Court's knowledge of the record, and the hearing with the parties, that the terms of the Master Full and Final Settlement Agreement of All Claims ("Settlement Agreement") appeared to be "reasonable, adequate, fair, and consistent with relevant state and federal law and warrants notice thereof being given to the individual Plaintiffs."

Caitlyn Clarke - 03/06/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sprint/United Management Company
Plaintiff Description all non-executive, exempt (Grade 71-79) and non-exempt (Grade 38-41), former employees of Sprint who were a) terminated between October 1, 2001 and and March 31, 2003 and b) were age 40 or older on their last day of work
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:03−cv−02200 (D. Kan.) 02/12/2008
EE-KS-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Lexis] 07/01/2004 (222 F.R.D. 483) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Revised Second Amended Complaint 11/14/2005
EE-KS-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Master Full And Final Settlement Agreement Of All Claims (Amended) 05/25/2007
EE-KS-0025-0002.pdf | Detail
Order of Settlement Agreement Approval 09/11/2007 (2007 WL 2694029) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Lungstrum, John Watson (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0003 | EE-KS-0025-0006 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Waxse, David J. Court not on record
EE-KS-0025-9000
Monitors/Masters Phillips, John R. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Billips, Matthew C. (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Blakely, Deborah J. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Braud, Bert S. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
DeFrain, Brian D. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Dennis, Stephen J. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Egan, Dennis E. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Graham, Gene P. Jr. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Hubbard, Dirk L. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Klamann, John M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Kohrman, Daniel B. (District of Columbia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Martin, Jennifer L. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McCann, Laurie A. (District of Columbia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McClain, Kenneth B. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
McCue, Andrew H. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Meyers, Martin M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Molteni, Claudio E. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Osborne, Thomas W. (District of Columbia)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Arnold , Mark G. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Costello, Robert A. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Dorssom, Kara Marie (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Dupont, Philip R. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Eisenberg, David M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Ferrel, Jill S. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Fort, Sonni L. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Gavin, Patrick M (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Guffey, Joseph H. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Hininger, Greta N. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Hughes, Hunter R. III (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Hulla, Patrick F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Hurst, Ashley R. (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Johnson, Robert C. (Wisconsin)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Jones, Michael F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Knittig, Joseph H. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McCarthy, Thomas M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McDonald, J. Timothy (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Mew, Thomas Joseph IV (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Miller, Christine F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Monafo, James F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Newport, Stephany J. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Pace, Chris R. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Rodriguez, Gerard K. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Schatz, David A. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Schenberg, David L. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Seyferth, Paul D. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Smith, John Da Grosa (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Spicer, Tamara M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Wilson, Harry B. Jr. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Yates, John J. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Other Lawyers Durbin, James A. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000

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