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Case Name Lee v. Florida EE-FL-0141
Docket / Court 4:01-CV-435 ( N.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On October 3, 2001, African-American employees of the forensic unit at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida filed a complaint against the State of Florida and its Department of Children and Family Services in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. ... read more >
On October 3, 2001, African-American employees of the forensic unit at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida filed a complaint against the State of Florida and its Department of Children and Family Services in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs alleged race discrimination in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and asked the court for an injunction directing the defendant to grant the plaintiffs membership in the "Special Risk" class of the Florida Retirement System. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that, because of the nature of their work, they were exposed to hazards and dangers, and they should be entitled to the same pension plans that their white counterparts in other departments received. The plaintiffs worked with individuals who had been charged with felonies but were too mentally unstable to go to trial. Their department was disproportionately African-American.

According to the PACER docket, the court (Judge Stephan P. Mickle) granted the plaintiffs' amended motion for class certification on September 10, 2003. The class consisted of African-American employees of the Department of Children and Family Services employed after December 31, 2000 who worked in a forensic facility or institution whose responsibilities entailed spending at least 75% of their time performing duties which involved contact with forensic clients, including patients or inmates in a correction of forensic facility or institution, and who were not already included within the Special Risk Class. This case went to trial in 2003, with judgment in favor of the defendants.

Andrew Kline - 05/07/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
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) Department of Children and Family Services
Plaintiff Description Black employees of the Department of Children and Family Services employed after December 31, 2000 who worked in a forensic facility or institution whose responsibilities entailed spending at least 75% of their time with mentally unstable patients
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 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)
4:01−cv−00435 (N.D. Fla.) 08/01/2005
EE-FL-0141-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 10/03/2001
EE-FL-0141-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Kornblum, Allan N. (N.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0141-9000
Mickle, Stephan P. (N.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0141-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patterson, Ben Randall (Florida)
EE-FL-0141-0001 | EE-FL-0141-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Donnelly, Joseph B. (Florida)
EE-FL-0141-9000
Hendrix, Billy Jack (Florida)
EE-FL-0141-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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