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Case Name Jennings v. Regents of the University of California EE-CA-0294
Docket / Court 807233-1 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On December 23, 1998, former and current employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the University of California filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against the Regents of the University of California alleging violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, ... read more >
On December 23, 1998, former and current employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the University of California filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against the Regents of the University of California alleging violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California Equal Pay Act, and the California Unfair Competition Law. The Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel asked the court for equitable, declaratory, and compensatory relief, claiming that they had been discriminated against because of their sex. Specifically, Plaintiffs alleged disparate pay and promotions because of their sex.

On January 22, 2001, the Court granted Plaintiffs' motion for class certification. The class consisted of "all current, former, and future female employees at [the Lab] employed in the 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 salary series on or after October 1, 1988 to the present who are, have been, or may in the future be adversely affected by discrimination based on gender in rate of pay and promotional opportunities."

The parties settled the lawsuit in November 2003. The settlement calls for payment of $9.7 million to members of the class, as well as more than $8 million in attorneys' fees and costs. Further, Plaintiffs attained injunctive relief relating to promotions, training, compensation, performance reviews, and reporting and record-keeping. The settlement agreement remained in effect until September 30, 2007.

Haley Waller - 08/18/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Promotion
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Seniority
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Regents of the University of California
Plaintiff Description Female employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the University of California
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2003 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 11/19/2003
EE-CA-0294-0001.pdf | Detail
Press Release 11/19/2003
EE-CA-0294-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Sturdevant, James C. (California)
EE-CA-0294-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Boddy, James E. Jr. (California)
EE-CA-0294-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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