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Case Name Rosenberg v. Ikon Office Solutions EE-NY-0248
Docket / Court 1:05CV09131 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On October 26, 2005, two African-Americans brought a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against their employer, Ikon Office Solutions. Plaintiffs alleged that Ikon followed discriminatory employment practices by refusing African-American employees ... read more >
On October 26, 2005, two African-Americans brought a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against their employer, Ikon Office Solutions. Plaintiffs alleged that Ikon followed discriminatory employment practices by refusing African-American employees equal pay, promotion opportunities, and hiring opportunities, creating a hostile work environment, and retaliating against African-Americans for complaining about such discrimination. Plaintiffs claimed that as a result, Ikon violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as well as state anti-discrimination laws. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, damages, and attorney fees.

On August 3, 2006, the plaintiffs amended their complaint to include more detailed allegations and two additional plaintiffs. On July 26, 2007, the parties drafted and submitted a settlement agreement to the Court. On October 30, 2007, the Court (Judge Paul A. Crotty) granted preliminary approval of the agreement. Following a fairness hearing on the agreement, the Court granted final approval of the settlement agreement.

The agreement defined the class as all African-American individuals employed by Ikon's Legal Document or Management Services in New York, between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2005. Upon approval of the agreement and by its terms, the Court ordered Ikon to pay a total of $175,000 to the named plaintiffs, and awarded plaintiffs' class counsel $436,500 in attorney fees and costs. The agreement further required Ikon to set up a fund to pay settlement checks to any class members that qualified for a claim, including the named plaintiffs. The agreement also addressed a charge filed by an individual with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, dismissing it and awarding the individual $35,000, in addition to a settlement check. Though the amount paid in settlement checks is unknown, Ikon paid at least $646,500 to the named plaintiffs and their counsel.

Maurice Youkanna - 07/31/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Ikon Office Solutions
Plaintiff Description African Americans employed by the Defendant between Jan, 1 2001 and Dec, 31 2005 in the Legal Document Services or IKON Management Services business units in NY state.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
1:05CV09131 (S.D.N.Y.) 01/30/2008
EE-NY-0248-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/26/2005
EE-NY-0248-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
First Amended Class Action Complaint 08/03/2006
EE-NY-0248-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 07/26/2007
EE-NY-0248-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Preliminarily Approving The Class Settlement 10/29/2007 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0248-0006.pdf | Detail
Memo in Support of Settlement Agreement 01/18/2008
EE-NY-0248-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment and Order of Dismissal With Prejudice 01/22/2008 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0248-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Crotty, Paul Austin (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0248-0004 | EE-NY-0248-0006 | EE-NY-0248-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Heisler, Jeremy (New York)
EE-NY-0248-0001 | EE-NY-0248-0002 | EE-NY-0248-0005 | EE-NY-0248-9000
Morris, Grant E. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0248-0005
Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0248-0001 | EE-NY-0248-0005 | EE-NY-0248-9000
Wittels, Steven Lance (New York)
EE-NY-0248-0003 | EE-NY-0248-0005 | EE-NY-0248-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Chung, Theresa J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0248-9000
Puma, Michael J. (New York)
EE-NY-0248-0002 | EE-NY-0248-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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