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Case Name Miller v. John Knox Village EE-MO-0113
Docket / Court 4:00-cv-00878 ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On August 29, 2000 plaintiff filed suit against her employer, John Knox Village (a retirement community), in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Plaintiff alleged that John Knox Village had engaged in a pattern or practice of racial discrimination against African ... read more >
On August 29, 2000 plaintiff filed suit against her employer, John Knox Village (a retirement community), in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Plaintiff alleged that John Knox Village had engaged in a pattern or practice of racial discrimination against African Americans. Specifically, plaintiff alleged that the defendant fostered a hostile work environment, gave African Americans less desirable assignments, failed to promote qualified African Americans, and retaliated against African Americans who complained about the intolerant work environment.

The suit was joined by other African American employees and became a class action on behalf of all current and former employees of John Knox Village. The parties pursued a settlement and filed a consent decree with the court on March 15, 2002. The consent decree created a $3,750,000 fund to cover attorney's fees and compensate all class members. It also provided that defendant would prohibit discrimination, educate residents regarding diversity, post EEOC guidelines and provide EEOC training, create a diversity committee, and take steps to creating a diverse workforce and a tolerant atmosphere.

The court approved the consent decree on May 31, 2002. It applied to defendant for three years with an annual obligation to report to the court regarding the steps being taken. The final report was filed on January 14, 2005.

Michael Perry - 07/24/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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 law
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) John Knox Village
Plaintiff Description African American employees of John Knox Village.
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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
4:00−cv−00878 (W.D. Mo.) 01/14/2005
EE-MO-0113-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/29/2000
EE-MO-0113-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint 05/21/2001
EE-MO-0113-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Class Action Complaint 03/15/2002
EE-MO-0113-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 03/15/2002
EE-MO-0113-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Final Approval of Class Settlement 05/31/2002 (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0113-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Fenner, Gary A. (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0113-0005 | EE-MO-0113-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bernard, William T (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-0001 | EE-MO-0113-0002 | EE-MO-0113-9000
Davis, Brett A. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-0003 | EE-MO-0113-0004 | EE-MO-0113-9000
Holman, Kirk Daniel (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-0001 | EE-MO-0113-0002 | EE-MO-0113-9000
Ketchmark, Michael S. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-0003 | EE-MO-0113-0004 | EE-MO-0113-9000
McCreight, Scott A. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Davis, Stanley Daryl (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-0004 | EE-MO-0113-9000
DeWald, Carole Kay (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-0004 | EE-MO-0113-9000
Novion, Laurie Ann (Missouri)
EE-MO-0113-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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