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Case Name Thornton v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) EE-DC-0068
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-00890-EGS ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On April 8, 1998, employees and applicants filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 2000d, § 2000e, and § 1981, against National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) in the United States District Court, District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for ... read more >
On April 8, 1998, employees and applicants filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 2000d, § 2000e, and § 1981, against National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) in the United States District Court, District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for injunctive relief.

On June 24, 1998, the Court (Judge Emmet G. Sullivan) granted in part and denied in part Defendant's motion for summary judgment. The Court held that Plaintiff could not bring suit under Title VI, but that their Title VII claim could proceed. Thornton v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak), 16 F. Supp. 2d 5 (D. D.C. 1998).

A consent decree was filed and approved by the Court on June 21, 2000. The original expiration date of the consent decree was June 30, 2004.

On January 5, 2001, the Court issued an administrative order governing the administration of the settlement fund.

On July 2, 2004, the Court extended the consent decree until July 31, 2004, as a result of a stipulation between the parties.

On March 17, 2005, the Court again extended the Section V of the consent decree until July 31, 2008, as a result a stipulation between the parties.

Pursuant to a stipulation and order filed by the parties, the Court ordered that the Consent Decree was terminated and that the case was dismissed on February 7, 2008. There has been no further action in the case.

Haley Waller - 07/03/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) NATIONAL PASSENGER RAILROAD CORP. (Amtrak)
Plaintiff Description Employees of National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
1:98-cv-00890-EGS (D.D.C.) 02/07/2008
EE-DC-0068-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
OPINION & ORDER (Dismissing Title VI claims and denying motion to dismiss Title VII claims) 06/24/1998 (16 F.Supp.2d 5) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0068-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
ORDER APPROVING THE ADMINISTRATORS' PROPOSED POINT SYSTEM FOR ALLOCATING THE SETTLEMENT FUND AND RECOMMENDED DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE FUND 10/24/2000 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0068-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER (Denying Motion to Approve a Point System for Allocating the Settlement Fund) 12/01/2000 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0068-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO.2 01/05/2001 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0068-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
STIPULATION AND ORDER (Extending consent decree until July 31, 2004) 07/02/2004 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0068-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
STIPULATION AND ORDER (Extending section V of consent decree until July 31, 2008) 03/17/2005 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0068-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Sullivan, Emmet G. (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0068-0001 | EE-DC-0068-0002 | EE-DC-0068-0003 | EE-DC-0068-0004 | EE-DC-0068-0005 | EE-DC-0068-0006 | EE-DC-0068-9000
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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