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Case Name Williams v. CSX Transportation, Inc. EE-AL-0123
Docket / Court 2:94-cv-00553 ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 7, 1994, several African-Americans filed a class action under 42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) et seq, and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1981A against defendant CSX Transportation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. The plaintiffs, represented by ... read more >
On March 7, 1994, several African-Americans filed a class action under 42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) et seq, and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1981A against defendant CSX Transportation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory judgment, equitable relief and money damages, claiming that defendant had discriminated against the individually named plaintiffs and similarly situated African-American employees on the basis of their race. However, we don't know the plaintiffs' specific allegations because we cannot get the Complaint electronically.

On December 17, 1998, the Court (Judge U.W. Clemon) approved the Consent Decree, through which the parties settled the case. Per the Decree, defendant agreed to pay a settlement fund of $25,000,000.00. Also, defendant agreed to change some of its employment practices to avoid discrimination against African-Americans.

Kunyi Zhang - 06/14/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Promotion
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Transportation
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) CSX Transportation, Inc.
Plaintiff Description African American employees of CSX Transportation, Inc., filing for themselves and on behalf of similarly situated individuals.
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 1999 - 2003
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
2:94-cv-00553 (N.D. Ala.) 02/12/2003
EE-AL-0123-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 12/17/1998
EE-AL-0123-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Joint Motion for Clarification of Certain Terms of Consent Decree 12/18/2000 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0123-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Modifying Consent Decree) 07/23/2001 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0123-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Clemon, U. W. (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0123-0001 | EE-AL-0123-0002 | EE-AL-0123-0003 | EE-AL-0123-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Calamusa, Rocco Jr. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Childs, Robert F. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0123-0001 | EE-AL-0123-9000
Courtney, Elizabeth Evans (Alabama)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Goldfarb, Jon Craig (Alabama)
EE-AL-0123-0001 | EE-AL-0123-9000
Ready, William E. (Mississippi)
EE-AL-0123-0001 | EE-AL-0123-9000
Sydnor, Jesse (Georgia)
EE-AL-0123-0001 | EE-AL-0123-9000
Winston, Lee D (Alabama)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bach, Jonathan P. (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Cassilly, Lisa H. (Georgia)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Edwards, Brian D. (Georgia)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Parry, John T. (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Powell, Charles A. IV (Alabama)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Seligman, Nicole K. (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0123-0001 | EE-AL-0123-9000
Watkins, Robert P. (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0123-0001 | EE-AL-0123-9000
Wilson, Alexander E. III (Georgia)
EE-AL-0123-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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