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Case Name Robinson v. Compass Group EE-PA-0229
Docket / Court 2:08-cv-05577-SD ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On December 1, 2008, eleven African American plaintiffs, who sought to represent a class of over 10,000 members, filed a lawsuit against Compass Group PLC and its subsidiaries, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII, Philadelphia state law. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On December 1, 2008, eleven African American plaintiffs, who sought to represent a class of over 10,000 members, filed a lawsuit against Compass Group PLC and its subsidiaries, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII, Philadelphia state law. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as monetary damages in excess of $1 billion, claiming that Compass had engaged in a pattern and practice of race and color discrimination. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that they were subjected to racial slurs, discriminatory work assignments and compensation, discriminatory promotional and disciplinary policies and practices, and other discriminatory terms of employment. Further, plaintiffs alleged that Compass retaliated against those employees who complained of the discrimination by demoting them, stripping them of job duties and responsibilities, or terminating them. Plaintiffs additionally accused Compass of negligent hiring, training, and supervision, and claimed that Compass knew or should have known that its employees were engaging in unlawful conduct towards the plaintiffs.

On April 27, 2009, the court ordered the case suspended, presumably so the parties could reach a settlement agreement. On August 11, 2009, the court dismissed the case with prejudice, noting the parties had reached a settlement. The contents of the settlement is not available.

Jennifer Gitter - 03/12/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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 Impact
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Compass Group
Plaintiff Description Eleven African American employees of Compass Group PLC, who sought to represent a class of over 10,000 members in a lawsuit against Compass claiming a pattern and practice or race discrimination.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2009
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)
2:08-cv-05577-SD (E.D. Pa.) 08/11/2009
EE-PA-0229-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Class Action Complaint 03/09/2009
EE-PA-0229-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 08/11/2009 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0229-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Dalzell, Stewart R. (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0229-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Filosa, Gregory (New York)
EE-PA-0229-0002 | EE-PA-0229-9000
Merson, Jordan K. (New York)
EE-PA-0229-9000
Thompson, Kenneth P. (New York)
EE-PA-0229-0002 | EE-PA-0229-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boudreau, James N. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0229-9000
Gost, Kimberly J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0229-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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