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Case Name Hampton v. Secretary, Department of Veteran's Affairs EE-AL-0124
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-01536 ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On December 1, 2000, fifteen African-American employees employed by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center ("V AMC") located in Birmingham, Alabama filed a class action against defendant under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1981a, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § ... read more >
On December 1, 2000, fifteen African-American employees employed by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center ("V AMC") located in Birmingham, Alabama filed a class action against defendant under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1981a, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief, alleging that their employer, the VAMC, engaged in and followed racially discriminatory employment practices and policies. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that the VAMC, with regard to African-American employees, failed to promote them, failed to inform them of job openings, failed to adequately train them, retaliated against them, and subjected them to a hostile work environment.

On March 15, 2001, the case was transferred to the Northern District of Alabama. On July 27, 2001, defendant filed a motion to dismiss the case, or in the alternative, for summary judgment, arguing that the plaintiffs did not file any formal individual and/or class administrative complaints of discrimination, and urged the Court to dismiss the case.

Upon looking at each individual Title VII claim, on October 20, 2001, the Court (Judge William Marsh Acker, Jr.) dismissed the class aspect, all § 1981 claims, and ten of the plaintiffs' Title VII claims.

On November 23, 2001, the plaintiffs amended the complaint in accordance with the October 20, 2001 Memorandum Opinion.

On October 21, 2002, defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. On January 3, 2003, the Court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiffs tried to obtain an extension of time for discovery by perpetrating a fraud on the Court.

Subsequently, the plaintiffs appealed, but the Appellate Court affirmed the District Court's decision, dismissing the appeal as frivolous.

Kunyi Zhang - 06/15/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
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) Secretary, Department of Veteran's Affairs
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were fifteen African-American employees employed by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center ("V AMC") located in Birmingham, Alabama.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:01-cv-01536 (N.D. Ala.) 09/27/2005
EE-AL-0124-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Transfer Order (including complete pre-transfer file) 06/18/2001 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0124-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss, or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 07/27/2001
EE-AL-0124-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion 10/30/2001 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0124-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 11/23/2001
EE-AL-0124-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion 01/03/2003 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0124-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Acker, William Marsh Jr. (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0124-0003 | EE-AL-0124-0005 | EE-AL-0124-9000
Kennedy, Henry Harold Jr. (D.D.C.) [Magistrate]
EE-AL-0124-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bell, Jimmy A. (Maryland)
EE-AL-0124-0004 | EE-AL-0124-9000
Pitters, Amardo Wesley (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-0004 | EE-AL-0124-9000
Thompson, Everald F. (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0124-0004 | EE-AL-0124-9000
Woolley, Tammy C. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Harris, Scott Sutherland (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0124-9000
Hauge, John E. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-0002 | EE-AL-0124-9000
Henry, Herbert H III (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-0002 | EE-AL-0124-9000
Hood, Jack B. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-9000
Martin, Alice H. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-9000
Ragland, Edward Q (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-9000
Smith, Jenny L. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-0002 | EE-AL-0124-9000
Woodke, Lane H. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0124-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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