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Case Name Grant v. Riley EE-DC-0041
Docket / Court 1:00-cv-01595-JR ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On July 5, 2000, six current or former employees of the Department of Education (DOE) filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq., the Civil Rights Act of 1964, against the DOE in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, ... read more >
On July 5, 2000, six current or former employees of the Department of Education (DOE) filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq., the Civil Rights Act of 1964, against the DOE in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought monetary damages and injunctive relief on behalf of all African-Americans--not of Hispanic descent--who were employed at the DOE and who were permanently stationed at the DOE headquarters in the competitive service at grades 11-5 at any point from February 4, 1991 to July 7, 2000.

One day after the complaint was filed, the parties submitted a joint motion for preliminary approval of a settlement agreement. On December 8, 2000, the Court (Judge James Robertson) entered an order certifying the plaintiff class and approving the class settlement.

The settlement agreement was not available, but from the docket it is clear that it established that 34 of the class members receive a prospective promotion. On May 15, 2001, the Court granted plaintiffs' motion for partial distribution of the class settlement fund, authorizing class counsel to distribute a payment of $20,000 to each of the 13 Steering Committee members identified in the settlement agreement.

The court retained jurisdiction for four years from the date of the settlement's approval. The case is now closed.

Jordan Rossen - 08/31/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Promotion
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Education
Plaintiff Description Class of African-Americans--not of Hispanic descent--who were employed at the Department of Education and who were permanently stationed at the DOE headquarters in the competitive service at grades 11-5 at any point from 02-04-91 to 07-07-00.
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 2000 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:00-cv-01595 (D.D.C.) 07/01/2002
EE-DC-0041-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Approving Settlement 12/08/2000 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0041-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Robertson, James (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0041-0001 | EE-DC-0041-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Buchanan, Avis E. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0041-9000
Lee, Harry (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0041-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Kirschner, William R. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0041-9000
Rivera, Jennifer R. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0041-9000
Von Baxter, Felix (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0041-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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