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Case Name Davis v. Eastman Kodak EE-NY-0259
Docket / Court 6:04-cv-06098-JWF ( W.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On November 12, 2003, an individual employee, filed a handwritten, pro se complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleging thaf she was discriminated against by her employer, defendant Eastman Kodak Company on account of her race, African American.
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On November 12, 2003, an individual employee, filed a handwritten, pro se complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleging thaf she was discriminated against by her employer, defendant Eastman Kodak Company on account of her race, African American.

On March 10, 2004 the case was transferred to the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and on April 28, 2004, based on the parties' prior consent to jurisdiction by a U.S. Magistrate, the case was assigned to U.S. Magistrate Jonathan W. Feldman.

On July 30, 2004, plaintiffs filed a First Amended Complaint asserting claims on behalf of the following named plaintiffs: Employees Committed for Justice ("ECJ"), an organization of past and current African American employees of defendant Kodak and eleven individuals.

On March 1, 2006, plaintiffs filed a Third Amended Complaint on behalf of a class of all past, current and future African American employees of Kodak. Plaintiffs claimed that Kodak "engaged in an ongoing pattern and practice of discrimination against its African American employees." Specifically, plaintiffs allege (i) discrimination in compensation, (ii) discrimination in promotions, (iii) discrimination in wage classifications and job assignments, (iv) harassment/hostile work environment, and (v) retaliation. Plaintiffs asserted three causes of action against defendant, including claims for violations of (1) Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., (2) The Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and (3) The New York Human Rights Law, 15 N.Y. Executive Law §§ 291 et seq. See id. at ¶¶ 174-187. Plaintiffs sought class-wide injunctive relief, compensatory damages and punitive damages.

On March 29, 2007, the court (Mag. Judge Feldman) granted summary judgment against three individual named plaintiffs who had signed releases.

On June 2, 2009 the parties reached a settlement agreement on behalf of a class of individuals composed of all African Americans employed by Kodak from January 1, 1999 through May 18, 2006. The settlement created a settlement fund of $21,376,500 with $9,655,500 to be distributed as monetary damages awarded to individual class members.

Additionally, the settlement required Kodak to engage in a continued commitment to non-discrimination and retaliation, to employ an Industrial Psychologist to enforce and evaluate policies regarding discrimination, a new monitoring process, employee and supervisor EOE and diversity training and new system of reporting incidents of discrimination.

On June 4, 2009, the court (Mag. Judge Jonathan W. Feldman) granted preliminary approval of the settlement and on September 3, 2010, Final Approval was entered.

Denise Heberle - 10/07/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Eastman Kodak Company
Plaintiff Description Individuals representing a class of all African-American employees of Eastman Kodak from January 1, 1999 through May 18, 2006
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2010
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)
6:04-cv-06098-JWF (W.D.N.Y.) 10/04/2010
EE-NY-0259-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Certified Copy of Transfer 03/10/2004 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0259-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint (Class Action) 07/30/2004
EE-NY-0259-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended complaint (Class Action) 03/01/2006
EE-NY-0259-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 03/29/2007 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0259-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Decision and Order (Granting Summary Judgment Against Three Individual Plaintiffs) 03/29/2007 (2007 WL 952042) (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0259-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 06/02/2009
EE-NY-0259-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement 06/04/2009 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0259-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Decision and Order (Approving Settlement) 09/03/2010
EE-NY-0259-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and Judgment Clarifying Final Approval Of Settlement 10/01/2010 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0259-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Feldman, Jonathan W. (W.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0259-0004 | EE-NY-0259-0004 | EE-NY-0259-0006 | EE-NY-0259-0007 | EE-NY-0259-0009
Spero, Joseph C. (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0259-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ablo, Selim (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Aubertine, Andrew E. (Oregon)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Bartelli, Jan (New York)
EE-NY-0259-0003 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Bauer, William G. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Biltekoff, Judith Ann (New York)
EE-NY-0259-0008 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Carson, Shanon J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0259-0003 | EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-0008 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Chavers, Clayborne E. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0259-0003 | EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-0008 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Coleman, William T. III (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0259-0003 | EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-0008 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Gerstein, Ephraim R. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-0008 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Gerstein, Bruce E. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-0003 | EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-0008 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Hamburg, Rebecca M. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Smith, Jules L. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Whinston, Stephen A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0259-0005 | EE-NY-0259-0008 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Burkhardt, Michael S. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0259-0003 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Calihan, Robert B. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-0003 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Harris, Judith E. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Jones, Stephen J. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Puma, Michael J. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Schultz, Jill K. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Stone, Lori J. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Thomas, Michael D. (California)
EE-NY-0259-0001 | EE-NY-0259-9000
Ulterino, Eugene D. (New York)
EE-NY-0259-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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