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Case Name Wade v. Kroger Co. EE-KY-0036
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00699 ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On November 29, 2001, five black individuals filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Louisville) alleging that their employer, the Kroger Co. discriminated against them on account of their race in violation of Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
On November 29, 2001, five black individuals filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Louisville) alleging that their employer, the Kroger Co. discriminated against them on account of their race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C § 1981.

On June 24, 2008, Justice Thomas B. Russell of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Louisville) signed a consent decree, certifying a class defined as all part-time and full-time African-American employees in Kroger Banner stores in all hourly positions and store managerial salaried positions, from manager trainee up through and including zone managers, who were employed at any time from November 29, 1997 until the date of the preliminary approval of the consent decree (6/17/2008).

In the settlement, Kroger agreed to pay $16 million into a fund to be dispersed to class members as compensatory damages for their lost wages (with interest) based on their length of employment. The consent decree further required Kroger to monitor the hourly starting pay and adjustments managers may make for "experience credits." Additionally, Kroger agreed to provide promotion and salary data to the plaintiffs' attorneys annually to ensure the starting pay is "objective and non-discriminatory".

David Miller - 04/14/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Content of Injunction
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Kroger Company
Plaintiff Description All part and full time African American employees in Kroger Banner stores in all hourly positions as well as store managerial salaried positions from manager trainee to zone managers who were employed from 11/29/1997 to 6/17/2008
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 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)
3:01−cv−00699 (W.D. Ky.) 01/02/2001
EE-KY-0036-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 06/24/2008
EE-KY-0036-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Russell, Thomas B. (W.D. Ky., FISC)
EE-KY-0036-0001 | EE-KY-0036-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bachman, Eric (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Calamusa, Rocco Jr. (Alabama)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Childs, Robert F. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Johnson, Herman N. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Malveaux, Suzette Marie (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Morris, Grant E. (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Reiser, Julie Goldsmith (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Sales, Kenneth L. (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Satterley, Joseph D. (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Sellers, Joseph Marc (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Whitman, Bruce B (Ohio)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Wiggins, Ann K. (Alabama)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Wiggins, Robert L Jr. (Alabama)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Yang, Jenny R. (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gaur, Shanthi V. (Illinois)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Gellenbeck, Lynne (Ohio)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Hogan, Margaret P. (Illinois)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Hult, Keith C. (Illinois)
EE-KY-0036-9000
King, Allan G. (Texas)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Maatman, Gerald L Jr. (Illinois)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Mrkonich-Wilson, Kathryn (Minnesota)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Tate, John Lewis (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Wit, Adam C. (Illinois)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Wright, Amanda H. (Illinois)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Young, Dorothy E. (Illinois)
EE-KY-0036-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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