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Case Name EEOC v. AT&T, Inc. EE-CA-0327
Docket / Court 3:07-cv-04810 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 19 2007, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) filed suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of an African-American employee. The complaint ... read more >
On September 19 2007, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) filed suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of an African-American employee. The complaint alleged that defendant AT&T, Inc. engaged in unlawful employment practices, including the denial of the employee's promotion on the basis of her race. Plaintiff sought injunctive and declaratory relief, as well as monetary relief for the aggrieved employee.

On August 18, 2008 the parties settled under a consent decree issued by the District Court (Judge Charles R. Breyer). The settlement called for a monetary payment of $78,000 for the employee, as well as for her promotion upon the next available position. It also required the defendant to revise its equal opportunity policies to affirm compliance with Title VII and to provide means for employees to report disparate hiring practices. Furthermore, the defendant had to post notice of this settlement for its employees to see. Finally, the settlement required AT&T to conduct a half-day training seminar for its California staffing managers regarding equal employment hiring and promotion practices. The decree was to remain in effect for a one year period.

Adam Teitelbaum - 03/14/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Promotion
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) AT&T, Inc
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
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 - 2009
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)
C 07-4810 CRB (N.D. Cal.) 08/18/2008
EE-CA-0327-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/19/2007
EE-CA-0327-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/18/2008
EE-CA-0327-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Breyer, Charles R. (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0327-0002 | EE-CA-0327-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cheung, Raymond T. (California)
EE-CA-0327-0001 | EE-CA-0327-9000
Offen-Brown, David F. (California)
EE-CA-0327-0001 | EE-CA-0327-9000
Tamayo, William Robert (California)
EE-CA-0327-0001 | EE-CA-0327-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Huibonhoa, Katherine C. (California)
EE-CA-0327-9000
Scher, Laura Beth (California)
EE-CA-0327-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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