University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name Brown v. Sacramento Regional Transit District EE-CA-0292
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-01719 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Attorney Organization Impact Fund
Case Summary
On September 4, 1998, a female former employee of Sacramento Regional Transit filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and California's Fair Emplyment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov't Code § 12900, against Sacramento Regional Transit in the United ... read more >
On September 4, 1998, a female former employee of Sacramento Regional Transit filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and California's Fair Emplyment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov't Code § 12900, against Sacramento Regional Transit in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of California.

The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, charging the defendant with discriminating against women in terms of hiring, promoting, training and determining salary, grade level, job description and job title.

On October 18, 1999, the plaintiff filed motion for class certification, which was clarified and granted by the court (Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds) on February 16, 2000. The class was certified in three parts as: (1) All current or former women employees of RT who applied for promotions but were denied or discouraged on the basis of gender discrimination; (2) All current or former women employees of RT who sought training and/or were discouraged from seeking such training by virtue of defendant's discriminatory policies and practices; and (3) All current or former women employees of RT who were salaried and discriminated against with regards to salary, job title, job description and/or grade level.

On July 24, 2000, the defendant filed motion for summary judgment. The court (Judge Moulds) subsequently denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment without prejudice on July 5, 2001.

On February 23, 2003, the court (Judge Moulds) issued an Order granting Final Approval of Class Settlement Consent Decree and final judgment, and the case was dismissed.

The agreement provided for extensive injunctive relief, compensatory damages of $42,857.00 to each of the named plaintiffs, and $900,000 for attorney's fees. Plaintiff's and Defendant's appeals of the Special Master's various orders after the consent decree were finalized were all resolved by May 10, 2007.

Nathaniel Koslof - 04/08/2008


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Sacramento Regional Transit
Plaintiff Description All current and former women employees of RT 1) who applied for promotions but were denied; 2) who sought training but were denied; 3) who were salaried and were discriminated against on salary, job title, etc.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Impact Fund
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
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)
2:98−cv−01719 (E.D. Cal.) 05/31/2007
EE-CA-0292-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Order Certifying Class 02/16/2000 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0292-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion for Summary Judgment 07/05/2001 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0292-0004 PDF | Detail
Order Granting Final Approval of Class Settlement and Final Judgment 02/23/2003 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0292-0005 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 02/26/2003
EE-CA-0292-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order - Method of Apportionment 02/27/2003 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0292-0006 PDF | Detail
Order (Denying Plaintiff & Defendants' Appeal) 05/09/2007 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0292-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 05/10/2007 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0292-0007 PDF | Detail
Judges Karlton, Lawrence K. (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0292-0001 | EE-CA-0292-0002 | EE-CA-0292-0003 | EE-CA-0292-0004 | EE-CA-0292-0005 | EE-CA-0292-0006 | EE-CA-0292-0007 | EE-CA-0292-9000
Moulds, John F. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0292-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lazear, Arthur W. (California)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Seligman, Brad (California)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Thierman, Mark R. (Nevada)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Thomas, Sheila Yvette (California)
EE-CA-0292-0002 | EE-CA-0292-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gilbert, Mark W. (California)
EE-CA-0292-0002 | EE-CA-0292-9000
Kelly, Patrick M. (California)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Landsberg, Dorothy S. (California)
EE-CA-0292-0002 | EE-CA-0292-9000
Scheidt, Bruce A. (California)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Syren, Leslyn Kay (California)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Terrelonge, Pauline Clare (California)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Vasquez, Emily Elizabeth (California)
EE-CA-0292-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -