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Case Name Service Women’s Action Network v. U.S. Department of Defense EE-CT-0020
Docket / Court 3:15-cv-00137 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
On February 3, 2015, an advocacy organization for women in military service filed this lawsuit against the United States Department of Defense (“DOD”) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs sued under Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552. ... read more >
On February 3, 2015, an advocacy organization for women in military service filed this lawsuit against the United States Department of Defense (“DOD”) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs sued under Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552. The law requires government organizations to conduct a reasonable search or to provide the records when requested by the public; the plaintiffs argued that in violation of the FOIA, DOD did not comply to the plaintiffs’ request to gather information from the US Military Academies about the policies and practices that lead to women’s under-representation in the Academies. Represented by ACLU and ACLU of Connecticut, plaintiffs asked the district court for a declaratory relief finding that DOD has violated the FOIA, and for injunctive relief to compel a reasonable search for records and timely production of responsive records on the discrimination that women who aspire to be military officers face due to the admissions policies of the DOD and the US Military Academies.

Defendant filed a first status report on June 23, 2015 and a second status report on July 23, 2015. The case is ongoing as of April, 2016. (Last checked April 14, 2016).

Soojin Cha - 04/14/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Reporting
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Defense
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are an advocacy organization for women in military service and public interest law firm.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
15-cv-137 (D. Conn.) 04/15/2016
EE-CT-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/03/2015
EE-CT-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's first status report 06/23/2015
EE-CT-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's second status report 07/23/2015
EE-CT-0020-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Underhill, Stefan R. (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0020-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lapidus, Lenora M. (New Jersey)
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Li, Bethany Yue-Ping (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
McGuire, David J. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Migdal, Ariela M (New York)
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Parkin, Jason (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0020-9000
Staub, Sandra J. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Wishnie, Michael J. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Avery, Vanessa Roberts (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0020-0002 | EE-CT-0020-0003 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Nestler, Emily B. (District of Columbia)
EE-CT-0020-0002 | EE-CT-0020-0003 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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