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Case Name Thomas v. General Elec. Co. EE-CT-0013
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00788 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On May 17, 2005, an individual employee filed a lawsuit individually and on behalf of similarly situated individuals against his employer, General Electric Co. ("GE"), under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and the Connecticut Human Rights ... read more >
On May 17, 2005, an individual employee filed a lawsuit individually and on behalf of similarly situated individuals against his employer, General Electric Co. ("GE"), under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and the Connecticut Human Rights Act, Connecticut General Statute 46a-60 et seq., in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged racial discrimination against African-Americans and asked the court for injunctive relief to change GE's pay and promotion policies and procedures, as well as monetary and equitable relief. Specifically, the plaintiff contended that GE had systematically discriminated against African-American managers and professional level-employees by denying African-American managers the same pay afforded white managers, and by denying African-Americans promotions that were awarded to less qualified white employees. Further, the plaintiff contended that senior GE officers and managers had improperly interfered in bonuses and ratings of white managers, decreased bonuses for minority employees, and frustrated the plaintiff's investigation of a white employee accused of embezzlement. Moreover, the plaintiff claims that GE breached his contract, retaliated against him, intentionally inflicted emotional distress, intentionally and negligently represented the plaintiff and those similarly situated, and created a racially hostile environment.

There was little motion practice in this case. The parties engaged in settlement negotiations through mediation, but the results of such negotiations are unclear. The parties stipulated to a dismissal with prejudice, and the Court (Judge Peter Dorsey) signed it on January 25, 2006.

Haley Waller - 08/20/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) General Electric Co.
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 Unknown
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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-00788-PCD (D. Conn.) 01/27/2006
EE-CT-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 05/17/2005
EE-CT-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Answer to Complaint 06/24/2005
EE-CT-0013-0002.pdf | Detail
STIPULATIQN OF DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE 01/25/2006
EE-CT-0013-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Dorsey, Peter Collins (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldblatt, Lisa A. (District of Columbia)
EE-CT-0013-0001 | EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Heisler, Jeremy (New York)
EE-CT-0013-0001 | EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Morris, Grant E. (District of Columbia)
EE-CT-0013-0001 | EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)
EE-CT-0013-0001 | EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Toledo, Victoria De (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0013-0001 | EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Wittels, Steven Lance (New York)
EE-CT-0013-0001 | EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Button, Christine (New York)
EE-CT-0013-9000
Gage, Kenneth William (Illinois)
EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Marshall, Alison B. (District of Columbia)
EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Nager, Glen David (District of Columbia)
EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Shea, Patrick W. (New York)
EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-0003 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Wynter, Ray A. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0013-0002 | EE-CT-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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