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Case Name Wynne v. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaraunts Inc. EE-CA-0305
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-03153 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On May 11, 2006, African-American employees of a restaurant in Berkeley, California filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants ("M&S") in the United States District ... read more >
On May 11, 2006, African-American employees of a restaurant in Berkeley, California filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants ("M&S") in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive and declaratory relief, and damages, alleging that McCormick & Schmick's discriminated against African-Americans on the basis of race with respect to hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion to managerial positions, discipline, and other conditions of employment. Specifically, this action was seeking an end to M&S's discriminatory policies or practices, and recovery of back pay and front pay.

On November 28, 2006, the Court (Judge Claudia Wilken) granted Plaintiff's motion to compel production of statistical data. Plaintiffs sought the statistical data to support their contention that Defendant's discriminatory hiring practices were company-wide, and not limited to a single restaurant. Wynne v. McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, 2006 WL 3422226 (N.D. C.A. Nov. 28, 2006).

On March 16, 2007, the Court (Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman) issued an order to show cause why the Defendant should not be held in contempt of court or sanctioned for failing to comply with the Court's Discovery Order. The parties had failed to comply with a meet and confer requirement.

The Court preliminarily approved a class settlement on April 4, 2008. The Court provisionally certified settlement classes, approved class notification, and preliminarily approved the consent decree. On August 7, 2008 the Court granted final approval to the settlement and consent decree On the same day, the Court granted about $900,000 in attorney fees and costs.

The Consent Decree was filed on August 8, 2008. It provided injunctive relief relating to hiring, promotion, training, and reporting and record-keeping. Further, it provided that Defendant would pay $2.1 million for the benefit of the class. The Consent Decree remains in effect for five years after the Court's final approval.

The case was closed in August 2008, but Defendant continues to submit progress reports.

Haley Waller - 08/18/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
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
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants
Plaintiff Description All African Americans who since May 11, 2002 had been employed as non-management employees; and who had been denied positions in management or "front of the house."
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 2008 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
4:06-cv-03153 (N.D. Cal.) 03/06/2008
EE-CA-0305-9000 PDF | Detail
4:06-cv-03153-CW (N.D. Cal.) 12/10/2009
EE-CA-0305-9003 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/11/2006
EE-CA-0305-0001 PDF | Detail
FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE, DECLARATORY RELIEF, AND DAMAGES FOR VIOLATIONS OF 42 U.S.C. § 1981, TITLE VII, AND THE CALIFORNIA FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING ACT 07/28/2006
EE-CA-0305-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
STIPULATION AND ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF STATISTICAL DATA 11/03/2006 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0305-0010 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER GRANTING IN PART PLAINTIFFS' AMENDED MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF STATISTICAL DATA 11/28/2006 (2006 WL 3422226) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0305-0012 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE 03/16/2007 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0305-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR ORDER: (1) PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT AND PROPOSED CONSENT DECREE; (2) PROVISIONALLY CERTIFYING SETTLEMENT CLASSES; (3) APPROVING AND DIRECTING DISTRIBUTION OF NOTICE OF THE SETTLEMENT; AND (4) SETTING A SCHEDULE. . . 02/28/2008
EE-CA-0305-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Proposed Order 03/25/2008
EE-CA-0305-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
REVISED ORDER (1) PRELIMINARILY APPROVING CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND PROPOSED CONSENT DECREE; (2) PROVISIONALLY CERTIFYING SETTLEMENT CLASSES; (3) APPROVING AND DIRECTING DISTRIBUTION OF NOTICE OF THE SETTLEMENT; AND (4) SETTING A SCHEDULE . . . 04/04/2008 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0305-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
PLAINTIFFS' NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES 07/02/2008
EE-CA-0305-0009 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER GRANTING AWARD OF ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND REIMBURSEMENT OF COSTS 08/07/2008 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0305-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
CONSENT DECREE 08/08/2008
EE-CA-0305-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
STIPULATION AND ORDER TO ACCOUNT FOR CLAIMANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY SETTLED RACE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS ENCOMPASSED BY CONSENT DECREE 08/11/2008 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0305-0011 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Wilken, Claudia Ann (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0005 | EE-CA-0305-0006 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Zimmerman, Bernard S. Court not on record
EE-CA-0305-0007 | EE-CA-0305-0010 | EE-CA-0305-0012 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cervantez, Eve Hedy (California)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Cheng, Vincent (California)
EE-CA-0305-0001 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Dermody, Kelly M. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Diekmann, Gilmore F. Jr. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Evenson, Rebekah B. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Finberg, James M. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0001 | EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Jackson, Todd F. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Kingsley, Eric (California)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Lee, Bill Lann (California)
EE-CA-0305-0001 | EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0010 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Nako, Lindsay Elizabeth (California)
EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Rubin, Robert J. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Sagafi, Jahan C (California)
EE-CA-0305-0001 | EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Tate, Diana C. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0001 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Warren, Thomas A. (Florida)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-0003 | EE-CA-0305-0004 | EE-CA-0305-0008 | EE-CA-0305-0009 | EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Defendant's Lawyers Dawson, Kamili Williams (California)
EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Gallion, Michael L. (California)
EE-CA-0305-0010 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Hill, Eric E. (California)
EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Maatman, Gerald L Jr. (Illinois)
EE-CA-0305-0002 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Thomas, William Carl III (California)
EE-CA-0305-0011 | EE-CA-0305-9000 | EE-CA-0305-9003
Other Lawyers None on record

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