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Case Name Yapp v. Union Pacific RR. Co. EE-MO-0106
Docket / Court 4:02-cv-00615 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On April 29, 2002, six employees filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and the Missouri Human Rights Act in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against their employer, the Union Pacific Railroad Company ("UPRR") ... read more >
On April 29, 2002, six employees filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and the Missouri Human Rights Act in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against their employer, the Union Pacific Railroad Company ("UPRR"). The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged racial discrimination and asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged systemic racial discrimination in UPRR's employee selection, training and compensation policies, practices and procedures, including claims of disparate impact and disparate treatment.

According to the PACER docket, on August 29, 2003, the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification and on November 15, 2004, a hearing on the plaintiffs' motion for class certification began. The plaintiffs sought to certify a class of all African-Americans, who, from July 18, 2000 to the present, were adversely impacted by one or more aspects of the UPRR's policies, practices and procedures related to selections for non-agreement job vacancies. On August 5, 2005, the court (Judge Stephen Limbaugh) denied the plaintiffs' motion for class certification, holding that plaintiffs had failed to satisfy numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation requirements. Yapp v. Union Pacific Ry. Co., 229 F.R.D. 608 (E.D. Mo. 2005).

According to the PACER docket, on July 24, 2006, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. On September 26, 2006, the court (Judge Limbaugh) referred the case to alternative dispute resolution in the form of mediation, yet the parties failed to reach a settlement. On March 29, 2007, the court (Judge Limbaugh) granted in part the defendant's motion for summary judgment, dismissing majority of the plaintiffs' claims. On November 9, 2007, the plaintiffs issued a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice, and on November 13, 2007, the court (Judge Limbaugh) dismissed the case with prejudice. No further details regarding the settlement are available.

Emily Kuznick - 04/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Union Pacific Railroad Co.
Plaintiff Description African-Americans, who, from July 18, 2000, to the present were adversely impacted by one or more aspects of the UPRR’s policies, practices and procedures related to selections for non-agreement job vacancies
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
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 2007
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)
4:02-cv-00615-SNL (E.D. Mo.) 03/28/2008
EE-MO-0106-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Protective Order 12/27/2002 (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0106-0001.pdf | Detail
Class Certification Denied 08/05/2005 (229 F.R.D. 608) (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0106-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order Referring Case to Alternative Dispute Resolution 09/26/2006 (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0106-0002.pdf | Detail
Order 03/29/2007 (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0106-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Limbaugh, Stephen Nathaniel (W.D. Mo., E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0002 | EE-MO-0106-0003 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Calamusa, Rocco Jr. (Alabama)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Childs, Robert F. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Johnson, Herman N. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Mattison, Deborah A. (Alabama)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Ray, Jon A. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Wiggins, Robert L Jr. (Alabama)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Burke, Michael P. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Donnelly, Dennis C (Missouri)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Herbert, Douglas C. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Martin, Lisa Demet (Missouri)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Mooney, Timothy C. Jr. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000
Other Lawyers Sedey, Mary Anne (Missouri)
EE-MO-0106-0001 | EE-MO-0106-0002 | EE-MO-0106-0004 | EE-MO-0106-9000 | EE-MO-0106-9000

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