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Case Name EEOC v. Family Dollar Stores of Arkansas, Inc. EE-AR-0068
Docket / Court 4:07-cv-00603-JLH ( 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 June 29, 2007, the EEOC filed this race discrimination case against Family Dollar Stores of Arkansas. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, on behalf of a former employee who claimed she was denied promotion opportunities and constructively ... read more >
On June 29, 2007, the EEOC filed this race discrimination case against Family Dollar Stores of Arkansas. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, on behalf of a former employee who claimed she was denied promotion opportunities and constructively discharged because of her race (black.)

There was no discovery and the case was settled when a three-year Consent Decree was entered on June 30, 2008 by U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes. The Decree prevents the employer from denying promotions to black employees based on their race and prohibits retailiation against any employee or applicant. The Decree also requires non-discrimination awareness training for mangers and supervisors, EEO policy posting and $25,000.00 in damages to the claimant.

The Decree is to stay in effect for three years from its entry on June 30, 2008; it will expire on June 30, 2011.

Denise Heberle - 01/05/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Family Dollar Stores of Arkansas
Plaintiff Description EEOC of behalf of former employee for discrimination on the basis or race (black) in promotion and constructive discharge.
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-00603-JLH (E.D. Ark.) 06/30/2008
EE-AR-0068-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/29/2007
EE-AR-0068-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/30/2008
EE-AR-0068-0002 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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