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Case Name Ketchum v. Sunoco Inc. EE-PA-0202
Docket / Court 01-CV-1042 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 2, 2001, plaintiffs filed a complaint against employer Sunoco Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U. ... read more >
On March 2, 2001, plaintiffs filed a complaint against employer Sunoco Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. § 1981). The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought damages for opportunities and pay lost due to racial discrimination. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that Sunoco had consistently discriminated against African-American employees in hiring and promotions.

On July 11, 2003, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Judge Clifford Scott Green) approved certification of a class consisting of all African-American Sunoco employees employed in the Philadelphia area from January 1, 1996 through September 22, 2004.

On December 3, 2004, Judge Green granted final approval to a classwide settlement on behalf of approximately 200 current and former Sonoco employees. Defendant Sunoco agreed to pay $3.53 million to the class members along with additional payments of $230,000 to the six named representatives of the class and a minimum of $2,500 to each class member. Sunoco further agreed to pay $1.5 million in attorney fees.

David Miller - 04/01/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Sunoco Inc.
Plaintiff Description African-American Sunoco employees, current and former, from 1997-2003.
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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2004 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:01−cv−01042 (E.D. Pa.) 01/17/2006
EE-PA-0202-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER THAT PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR PARTIAL CLASS CERTIFICATION IS GRANTED 07/11/2003 (217 F.R.D. 354) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0202-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of their Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement and for Authorization to Disseminate Notice 10/12/2004
EE-PA-0202-0001.pdf | Detail
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF THE PARTIES’ JOINT MOTION FOR: (1) FINAL APPROVAL OF A CLASSWIDE SETTLEMENT; AND (2) ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENTS 11/24/2004 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0202-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL TO CLASSWIDE SETTLEMENT 12/03/2004 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0202-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Green, Clifford Scott (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0202-0002 | EE-PA-0202-0004 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers D'Urso, Martin J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-0001 | EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Green, Isaac H. Jr. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-0001
Moody, Adrian J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-0001
Vance, Robert T. Jr. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-0001 | EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Becker, Susan R. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-9000
Connolly, Christin E (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-9000
Kennedy, William K. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Lillie, Charisse R. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Rayborn, Maureen M. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0202-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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