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Case Name Hyman v. First Union Corp. EE-DC-0065
Docket / Court 1:94-cv-01043-RCL ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On May 12, 1994, terminated employees of First Union Corporation filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e and 29 U.S.C. § 626 against First Union Corporation ("First Union") in the United States District Court, District of Columbia. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for ... read more >
On May 12, 1994, terminated employees of First Union Corporation filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e and 29 U.S.C. § 626 against First Union Corporation ("First Union") in the United States District Court, District of Columbia. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for injunctive relief and damages, claiming that First Union's policies, although neutral on their face, resulted in the termination of a disproportionate number of individuals over forty years of age, black and of foreign origin, in the course of First Union's acquisition of three banking institutions in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Plaintiffs further contended that First Union promised displaced employees "priority consideration" for other positions but later disregarded that promise. Finally, Plaintiffs allege that employees selected to replace those laid off were almost entirely under the age of forty and white.

The Court issued a Findings of Fact and Order granting final approval of a settlement agreement on March 1, 1996.

On August 12, 1997, the Court (Judge Royce C. Lamberth) approved the collective actions proposed by Plaintiffs to pursue their ADEA claims. Hyman v. First Union Corp., 982 F. Supp. 1 (D. D.C. 1997).

The Court allowed Plaintiffs to file a seventh amended complaint on August 12, 1997. Hyman v. First Union Corp., No. 94-1043, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18009 (D. D.C. Aug. 12, 1997).

On August 27, 1997, the Court granted partial summary judgment for Defendant on Plaintiffs' state law breach of contract claims and denied as moot Plaintiffs' motion to maintain the contract claims as a class action. Hyman v. First Union Corp., 982 F. Supp. 8 (D. D.C. 1997).

On September 2, 1997, the Court granted partial summary judgment for Defendant on Plaintiffs' Reston Servicenter ethnic discrimination claims and granted Plaintiffs' motion to maintain a consolidated action for all black branch managers and assistant black managers alleging employment discrimination. Hyman v. First Union Corp., 982 F. Supp. 14 (D. D.C. 1997).

On September 26, 1997, the Court granted Defendant's motion to dismiss on the grounds that claims of discrimination based on disparate impact were not cognizable under the ADEA. Hyman v. First Union Corp., 980 F. Supp. 38 (D. D.C. 1997).

On October 9, 1997, the Court denied Defendant's motion for summary judgment on the ADEA and DCHRA claims of several individual plaintiffs; it granted Defendant's motion for summary judgment on the Section 1981 claim of one individual plaintiff. Hyman v. First Union Corp., 980 F. Supp. 46 (D. D.C. 1997).

The Court denied the EEOC's motion to intervene and to compel First Union to disclose document sealed under a Protective Order and Joint Stipulation on June 21, 2001.

The Court denied another motion by the EEOC to intervene and set aside the protective order previously entered into in the case on June 10, 2005.

There has been no further action in the case.

Haley Waller - 06/30/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) First Union Corporation
Plaintiff Description Former employees of First Union Corporation who asserted claims of employment discrimination on the basis of age, national origin, and/or race.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
1:94-cv-01043-RCL (D.D.C.) 08/17/2006
EE-DC-0065-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
MEMORANDUM OPINION (Granting motion to maintain collective action) 08/12/1997 (982 F.Supp. 1) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
MEMORANDUM & ORDER (Granting in part and denying in part motion to amend complaint) 08/12/1997 (1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 18009) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0008.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
MEMORANDUM OPINION (Granting partial summary judgment) 08/27/1997 (982 F.Supp. 8) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
MEMORANDUM OPINION (Granting partial summary judgment and motion to maintain consolidated action) 09/02/1997 (982 F.Supp. 14) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
MEMORANDUM OPINION (Dismissing ADEA disparate impact claims) 09/26/1997 (980 F.Supp. 38) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
MEMORANDUM OPINION (Denying summary judgment) 10/09/1997 (980 F.Supp. 46) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER (Denying EEOC motion to intervene) 06/21/2001 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER (Denying second motion to intervene) 06/10/2005 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0065-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lamberth, Royce C. (D.D.C., FISC)
EE-DC-0065-0001 | EE-DC-0065-0002 | EE-DC-0065-0003 | EE-DC-0065-0004 | EE-DC-0065-0005 | EE-DC-0065-0006 | EE-DC-0065-0007 | EE-DC-0065-0008 | EE-DC-0065-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fleming, Timothy B. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Kator, Irving (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Lang, Jane (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Lieder, Michael D. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Stokes, Susan E. (Minnesota)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Agusti, Filiberto (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Brown, Barbara Berish (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Driscoll, Robert Neil (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Fasman, Zachary D. (New York)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Gans, Jeffrey R. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Hope, Judith Richards (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Ludwig, Stacy M. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Sprenger, Paul (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Willard, Richard K. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0065-9000
Other Lawyers Sapp, Miguel A. (District of Columbia)
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