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Case Name Nouri v. Boeing Co. EE-WA-0117
Docket / Court 2:99-cv-01227 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On July 29, 1999, several employees filed a lawsuit against their employer, The Boeing Company, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs, represented ... read more >
On July 29, 1999, several employees filed a lawsuit against their employer, The Boeing Company, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged employment discrimination and asked the court for injunctive relief, back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorney fees. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged race and national origin discrimination, as well as pattern and practice and disparate impact. They contended that the delegation of hiring, promotion, and layoff decisions to first level managers, the use of primarily subjective criteria in making those decisions, and the use of "totem" groups to evaluate and rank employees created statistically significant disparities between the salaries and promotion rates of potential class members and the rest of the Boeing work force.

According to PACER documents, on July 7, 2000, the court (Judge Robert S. Lasnik) granted the plaintiffs' motion to consolidate the cases Nouri v. The Boeing Company; Nouri v. The Boeing Company; Golchin v. The Boeing Company; and Sharma v. The Boeing Company. On August 4, 2000, the court (Judge Lasnik) severed the claims of the plaintiffs.

According to PACER documents, on January 25, 2001, the defendant filed a motion for partial summary judgment. On May 24, 2001, the court (Judge Lasnik) granted in part the motion for partial summary judgment, dismissing the plaintiffs' disparate impact claims. The plaintiffs sought to represent a class of "all current and former Asian American employees who have been employed at Boeing's facilities in the State of Washington as salaried employees below the level of first level manager at any time from July 29, 1996 through the present." However, on May 24, 2001, the court (Judge Lasnik) denied the plaintiffs' motion for class certification because they had failed to establish typicality and adequate representation.

According to the PACER docket, on May 22, 2002, the court (Judge Lasnik) granted the plaintiffs' third request for class certification. On February 20, 2003, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the defendant's permission to appeal the district court's May 22, 2002 order.

According to the PACER docket, on July 15, 2003, the plaintiffs filed a fifth amended complaint against the defendant. On January 8, 2004, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment on class claims. On March 25, 2004, the court (Judge Lasnik) granted the plaintiffs' motion to bifurcate. The same day the court granted in part the defendant's motion for summary judgment on class claims.

Following a jury trial, on June 2, 2004, the jury issued a finding in favor of the defendant. On June 3, 2004, the court dismissed the case with prejudice. However, on June 4, 2004, the court (Judge Lasnik) issued an order vacating the June 2 judgment and reopened the case because the disparate impact claims remained pending. That day the court concluded that the plaintiffs did not suffer disparate impact in compensation.

According to the PACER docket, on September 30, 2004, the court granted the defendant's motion for bill of costs in the amount of $56,859.76 against the plaintiffs. On August 11, 2002, the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court's judgment.

Emily Kuznick - 05/01/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) The Boeing Company
Plaintiff Description Asian American employees who have been employed at Boeing’s facilities in the State of Washington as salaried employees below first level manager
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Confession of Judgment
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:99-cv-01227 (W.D. Wash.) 08/11/2006
EE-WA-0117-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order granting in part and denying in part defendant's motion for partial summary judgment on statute of limitations 05/24/2001 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0117-0002.pdf | Detail
Order denying plaintiffs' motion for class certification 05/24/2001 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0117-0003.pdf | Detail
Order granting plaintiffs' motion for consolidation, leave to file a consolidated amended complaint, and to extend time to move for class certification 07/07/2002 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0117-0001.pdf | Detail
Fifth Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint 07/15/2003
EE-WA-0117-0004.pdf | Detail
Defendant's Amended Answer to Plaintiff's Fifth Amended Complaint 08/13/2003
EE-WA-0117-0009.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff's Motion for Approval of Class Notice Proposal 01/08/2004
EE-WA-0117-0010.pdf | Detail
Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment on Class Claims 01/08/2004
EE-WA-0117-0011.pdf | Detail
Defendant's Motion to Decertify Class 03/18/2004
EE-WA-0117-0012.pdf | Detail
Order Granting in Part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment on Class Claims 03/24/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0117-0007.pdf | Detail
Order Bifurcating Trial 03/24/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0117-0008.pdf | Detail
Defendant's Supplemental Motion to Decertify Class 03/25/2004
EE-WA-0117-0006.pdf | Detail
Memorandum of Decision on Disparate Impact Claim 06/04/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0117-0005.pdf | Detail
Judges Lasnik, Robert S. (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0117-0001 | EE-WA-0117-0002 | EE-WA-0117-0003 | EE-WA-0117-0005 | EE-WA-0117-0007 | EE-WA-0117-0008 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bharti, Harish (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-0004 | EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0009 | EE-WA-0117-0010 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Campbell, Edward Dickson (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Garfinkel, Martin S. (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Goldsmith, Julie (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0117-0009 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Ide, Matthew James (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-0004 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Lewis, Murray T.S. (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-0004
Sellers, Joseph Marc (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0117-0004 | EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0009 | EE-WA-0117-0010 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Toll, Steven J. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0117-0004 | EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0010 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Webber, Christine E. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0117-0004 | EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0009 | EE-WA-0117-0010 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Yang, Jenny R. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Aslin, John (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0011 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Brown, Zane A. Jr. (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Brown, Barbara Berish (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Geier, Jon A. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Hartman, Rima Fawal (Alabama)
EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0009 | EE-WA-0117-0011 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Heyrich, Donald W. (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-0009 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Hollingsworth, Jeffrey Alan (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-0006 | EE-WA-0117-0011 | EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Lengnick, Sonja (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-0012 | EE-WA-0117-9000
Petersen, Chelsea D. (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Thompson, Philip Anthony (Washington)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Weinrich, C Geoffrey (Georgia)
EE-WA-0117-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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