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Case Name Houston v. Cintas Corporation EE-CA-0308
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-03145 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On August 3, 2005, two employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Cintas Corporation, under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and under the California Unfair Business Practices Act, Business and Professions Code § 17200 et seq., in the United States District Court for the Northern District ... read more >
On August 3, 2005, two employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Cintas Corporation, under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and under the California Unfair Business Practices Act, Business and Professions Code § 17200 et seq., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged racial discrimination. They asked the court for declaratory, injunctive, and equitable monetary relief, as well as compensatory and punitive damages, equitable remedies of accounting, restitution and disgorgement, and an award of costs, expenses, and attorneys' fees. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that Cintas had engaged in a company-wide pattern and practice of employment discrimination, both intentional and systemic, on the basis of race, against them and a class of similarly situated African-American employees, former employees, and applicants who sought management positions in Cintas' Rental Division. The alleged discriminatory practices included discrimination in hiring, promotion, and compensation for management positions on a class-wide basis.

On August 31, 2005, the court officially consolidated the case with Ramirez et al v. Cintas Corporation, a related case also in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in which the plaintiffs filed their fourth amended complaint on August 3, 2005.

On December 29, 2005, arbitration began following the court's order. On August 16, 2006, the Arbitrator found that the arbitration agreements permitted class arbitration. On November 22, 2006, the court (Judge Jeffrey S. White) denied Cintas' petition and motion to vacate the arbitration award, and ordered the parties to submit joint status reports. Ramirez v. Cintas Corporation, 2006 WL 3388628, (N.D. Cal. 2006).

Both parties continued to submit joint status reports following an court order on May 24, 2006.

Emily Kuznick - 04/10/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Cintas Corporation
Plaintiff Description African American employees
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Unknown
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-CA-0190 : Ramirez v. Cintas Corporation (N.D. Cal.)
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-03145-JSW (N.D. Cal.) 01/28/2010
EE-CA-0308-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/03/2005
EE-CA-0308-0001.pdf | Detail
Order Relating Cases 08/31/2005 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer to Complaint 11/28/2005 (2005 WL 3606752)
EE-CA-0308-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order (Denying Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award) 11/22/2006 (2006 WL 3388628) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Status Report 02/22/2008
EE-CA-0308-0002.pdf | Detail
Order (Granting Unopposed Motion for Approval of Dismissal, without Prejudice and without Notice) 04/03/2009 (2009 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 33704) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0006.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation of Dismissal of Plaintiffs' Remaining Claims with Prejudice & Order 01/28/2010 (2010 WL 1221558) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges White, Jeffrey Steven (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0003 | EE-CA-0308-0004 | EE-CA-0308-0005 | EE-CA-0308-0006 | EE-CA-0308-0007 | EE-CA-0308-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baller, Morris J. (California)
EE-CA-0308-0001 | EE-CA-0308-0002 | EE-CA-0308-0007 | EE-CA-0308-9000
Eberle, Betty (Wisconsin)
EE-CA-0308-0002
Entin, Scott A. (Illinois)
EE-CA-0308-0007
Jaramillo, Joseph E. (California)
EE-CA-0308-0002 | EE-CA-0308-9000
Legenza, Sharon K. (Illinois)
EE-CA-0308-0007
Libman, Robert S (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0308-0001 | EE-CA-0308-0007 | EE-CA-0308-9000
Maldonado, Nancy L. (Illinois)
EE-CA-0308-0007
Mills, Heather Marie (California)
EE-CA-0308-9000
Rabin, Nina Avny (California)
EE-CA-0308-0001 | EE-CA-0308-0007 | EE-CA-0308-9000
Siskind, Sarah (Wisconsin)
EE-CA-0308-0005
Steele, Roberta L. (California)
EE-CA-0308-0001 | EE-CA-0308-0002 | EE-CA-0308-0004 | EE-CA-0308-0005 | EE-CA-0308-0007 | EE-CA-0308-9000
Strauss, Paul Leonard (Illinois)
EE-CA-0308-0001 | EE-CA-0308-0007 | EE-CA-0308-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Abell, Nancy L. (California)
EE-CA-0308-0002 | EE-CA-0308-0003 | EE-CA-0308-0004 | EE-CA-0308-0005 | EE-CA-0308-0007
Atkinson, Mark W. (California)
EE-CA-0308-0003
Baca, Elena (California)
EE-CA-0308-0004
Deng, Joseph W. (California)
EE-CA-0308-0003 | EE-CA-0308-0004
Geier, Jon A. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0308-0007
Morgan, Heather A. (California)
EE-CA-0308-0002 | EE-CA-0308-0003 | EE-CA-0308-0004 | EE-CA-0308-0005
O'Neill, Maureen (Georgia)
EE-CA-0308-0007
Rowe, Rachael (Ohio)
EE-CA-0308-0007
Womack, Michael (Ohio)
EE-CA-0308-0007
Other Lawyers None on record

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