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Case Name Collins v. Powell EE-DC-0069
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-01995 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On November 15, 2004, a black, middle-aged, female employee sued her employer, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging race, age, and gender discrimination in promotions and on-the-job treatment, in violation of Title VII of the ... read more >
On November 15, 2004, a black, middle-aged, female employee sued her employer, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging race, age, and gender discrimination in promotions and on-the-job treatment, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., as further amended by the Section 102 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, 42 U.S.C. § 1981a, and the federal Age Discrimination In Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 633a.

Specifically, Plaintiff claimed that during her 10 years with the FDIC, she had received superior performance reviews, until she worked under several supervisors named in the complaint. The plaintiff alleged that these supervisors had subjected her to humiliating and degrading treatment, including excluding her from meetings, giving her inferior work assignments, criticizing her work unnecessarily, and punishing her for filing complaints. She also alleged she was passed over for promotion, despite being one of the best qualified and most experienced candidates.

The plaintiff sought compensatory damages; an injunction ordering nullification of past disciplinary actions against her, correction of FDIC records reflecting the plaintiff's performance, and preventing future discrimination; and attorneys' fees and costs.

The parties engaged in a protracted discovery battle and then settlement negotiations. It is unclear whether the parties settled. The docket notes that the case is "CLOSED, JURY, MEDIATION, TYPE−H." The last entry on the docket, on March 3, 2008, notes that the plaintiff agreed to voluntarily dismiss the case. Several entries before this one note that settlement negotiations were ongoing.

The docket notes a related case involving the same defendant. In Conanan v. Powell, employees of the FDIC filed a class action complaint alleging race discrimination in promotions. This case was also filed in the District of Columbia, (1:00−cv−03091−ESH.) The plaintiffs filed their complaint on December 22, 2000, before Judge Ellen S. Huvelle. The case ended in a consent decree December 3, 2002. The case appears in the Clearinghouse Database as EE-DC-0049.

Eric Weiler - 06/26/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discipline
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Seniority
Training
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Plaintiff Description Black, middle-aged, female employee of the FDIC alleging race, age, and sex discrimination in employment and promotions.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-DC-0049 : Conanan v. Powell (D.D.C.)
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)
1:04−cv−01995 (D.D.C.) 03/03/2008
EE-DC-0069-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/15/2004
EE-DC-0069-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer 03/07/2005
EE-DC-0069-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Kennedy, Henry Harold Jr. (D.D.C.) [Magistrate]
EE-DC-0069-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Renaud, Ellen K. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0069-9000
Shapiro, David H. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0069-0001 | EE-DC-0069-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Davison-Lewis, Patricia E. (Virginia)
EE-DC-0069-9000
Gill, Richard Stephen (Virginia)
EE-DC-0069-9000
Jones, William S. (Virginia)
EE-DC-0069-9000
Kloner, Wendy Beth (Virginia)
EE-DC-0069-9000
Kurtenbach, Daniel Harold (Virginia)
EE-DC-0069-0002 | EE-DC-0069-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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