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Case Name Amochaev v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. EE-CA-0306
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-01298 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 31, 2005, a female employee of Citigroup Global Markets and its subsidiary, Smith Barney, filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, against Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in the United States ... read more >
On March 31, 2005, a female employee of Citigroup Global Markets and its subsidiary, Smith Barney, filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, against Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in the United States District Court of the Northern District of California. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive and declaratory relief and damages, charging Citigroup and Smith Barney with discriminating against female financial advisors on the basis of gender with respect to business opportunities, compensation, professional support and other terms and conditions of employment. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that Smith Barney's policies and practices had locked in and perpetuated past discrimination, caused "cumulative advantage" effects, and caused branch management to discriminate against female brokers. Furthermore, Smith Barney refused to change policies or practices that it knew to be discriminatory against women.

On November 29, 2006, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, better articulating their concerns and defining the putative class as all female Financial Advisors employed by Smith Barney in the United States at any time after August 30, 2003, and adding a subclass consisting of all female Financial Advisors employed by Smith Barney in California at any time after June 25, 2003.

On May 1, 2008, after a series of negotiations, the parties reached a settlement. The Northern District Court of California (Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton) approved the Class-Action Settlement on August 13, 2008.

Jenna Chai - 07/25/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Plaintiff Description All female Financial Advisors employed by Smith Barney in the United States at any time after August 30, 2003, and also on behalf of a Subclass of all female Financial Advisors employed by Smith Barney in California at any time after June 25, 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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2012
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
3:05-cv-01298 (N.D. Cal.) 12/07/2009
EE-CA-0306-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Amended Complaint 11/28/2006 (2006 WL 3847413)
EE-CA-0306-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Dismissal of Plaintiff 02/12/2007 (2007 WL 484778) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0306-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Defendant's Answer and Affirmative Defenses to Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint 02/16/2007 (2007 WL 5062679)
EE-CA-0306-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (1) Preliminarily Approving Class Action Settlement (2) Provisionally Certifying Settlement Class (3) Directing Distribution of Notice of the Settlement and (4) Setting a Schedule for the Final Settlement Approval Process 05/01/2008 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0306-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion for: (1) Final Approval of Class Action Settlement; (2) Certification of Settlement Class; (3) Approval of Distribution of Settlement Funds 07/24/2008 (2008 WL 2871930)
EE-CA-0306-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment (Confirming Final Approval of Class Action Settlement) 08/13/2008 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0306-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hamilton, Phyllis Jean (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0003 | EE-CA-0306-0006 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Spero, Joseph C. (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0306-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alexander, Elizabeth A. (Tennessee)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Bornstein, Lisa M. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Dermody, Kelly M. (California)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Farrell, Sandi (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Finberg, James M. (California)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Hoffman, Piper (New York)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Klein, Adam T. (New York)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (California)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Mehri, Cyrus (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Pohl, Anna Marie (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Swartz, Justin (New York)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Wong, Heather H (California)
EE-CA-0306-0001 | EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0005 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cohen, Jay (New York)
EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0004
Frank, Beth Susan (New York)
EE-CA-0306-9000
Heinicke, Malcolm A. (California)
EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0004 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Karp, Brad Scott (New York)
EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0004 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Soloway, Audra Jan (New York)
EE-CA-0306-9000
Toal, Daniel John (New York)
EE-CA-0306-0002 | EE-CA-0306-0004 | EE-CA-0306-9000
Velazquez, Liza M. (New York)
EE-CA-0306-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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