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Case Name Murphy v. Super Steel Schenectady Inc. EE-NY-0204
Docket / Court 06-CV-00480 ( N.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On April 18, 2006, a group of male African American workers filed a lawsuit under the Declaratory Judgment Act 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1343(a)(4), 2201 and 2202; and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (hereafter § 1981) against Super Steel Schenectady Incorporated in United States ... read more >
On April 18, 2006, a group of male African American workers filed a lawsuit under the Declaratory Judgment Act 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1343(a)(4), 2201 and 2202; and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (hereafter § 1981) against Super Steel Schenectady Incorporated in United States District Court, Northern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for injunctive relief and damages to remedy the racially hostile work environment at Super Steel. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that the work environment at Super Steel Schenectady was one of volatile racial remarks and actions. The plaintiffs also claimed that this practice of racial discrimination and segregation has challenged their personal safety, prevented them from training opportunities, prevented promotions, and caused some to even leave their job.

On January 25, 2007, the United States District Court of Northern New York with Judge Gary Sharpe, approved a Settlement Agreement and dismissed the action with prejudice. According to the Consent Decree, the defendant agreed to pay a total of $1,250,000 and also adopt various equitable remedies to reduce discrimination.

Kunyi Zhang - 08/31/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Recordkeeping
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Super Steel Schenectady Incorporated
Plaintiff Description all African American individuals who have been employed by or provided contract services to Super Steel Schenectady Inc. at any time, or for any length of time, from April 2003 to January 25, 2007
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
1:06-cv-00480 (N.D.N.Y.) 08/03/2007
EE-NY-0204-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/18/2006
EE-NY-0204-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Press Release 04/21/2006
EE-NY-0204-0006.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree (Proposed) 01/24/2007
EE-NY-0204-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Preliminarily Approving Class Settlement 01/25/2007 (N.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0204-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 04/06/2007 (N.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0204-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion Hearing Minutes 04/23/2007
EE-NY-0204-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Dismissal Order 04/23/2007 (N.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0204-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Homer, David R. (N.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0204-9000
Sharpe, Gary L. (N.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0204-0002 | EE-NY-0204-0003 | EE-NY-0204-0005 | EE-NY-0204-0007 | EE-NY-0204-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bloom, Shayna (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0204-0001
Fentonmiller, Laura C. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0204-0001
Heisler, Jeremy (New York)
EE-NY-0204-0001 | EE-NY-0204-0007 | EE-NY-0204-9000
Morris, Grant E. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0204-0007 | EE-NY-0204-9000
Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0204-0001 | EE-NY-0204-0007 | EE-NY-0204-9000
Wipper, Janette Lynn (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0204-0001 | EE-NY-0204-9000
Wittels, Steven Lance (New York)
EE-NY-0204-0001 | EE-NY-0204-0007 | EE-NY-0204-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gilbride, Joan M. (New York)
EE-NY-0204-0007 | EE-NY-0204-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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