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Case Name EEOC v. BFI Waste Services, LLC d/b/a/ Allied Waste Services of Little Rock EE-AR-0067
Docket / Court 4:07-cv-00887-WRW ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 28, 2007, the EEOC filed this sex discrimination case against BFI Waste Services, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas at Little Rock. The case was brought on behalf of three female employees and a class of females who were affected by the employer's ... read more >
On September 28, 2007, the EEOC filed this sex discrimination case against BFI Waste Services, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas at Little Rock. The case was brought on behalf of three female employees and a class of females who were affected by the employer's illegal employment practices, including its refusal to hire women as drivers.

Although the complaint described a class of affected workers, no class certification was sought and the case was settled within six months of filing with no discovery. A consent decree was entered by U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson, Jr. on March 27, 2008, providing damages to the claimants in the total amount of $190,780, and an injunction requiring the employer to stop refusing to hire female drivers on the basis of their sex and not to retaliate against any employee or applicant for their participation in the litigation. The decree also calls for non-discrimination training for the employer's managers and supervisors, posting of open driver positions and EEO policies, and reporting.

The decree is to remain in effect for three years, beginning with its entry on March 27, 2008. It will expire on March 27, 2011.

Denise Heberle - 01/05/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Sanitation/Public Works
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) BFI Waste Services, LLC d/b/a Allied Waste Services of Little Rock
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of female employees denied jobs as drivers on the basis of their sex.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2011
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)
4:07-cv-00887-WRW (E.D. Ark.) 03/27/2008
EE-AR-0067-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2007
EE-AR-0067-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 03/27/2008
EE-AR-0067-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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