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Case Name EEOC v. BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS EE-GA-0009
Docket / Court 4:05-cv-00207-HLM ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Geogia, against BellSouth Telecommunications, a national telephone and internet provider. The complaint filed in September 2005 alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII ... read more >
The Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Geogia, against BellSouth Telecommunications, a national telephone and internet provider. The complaint filed in September 2005 alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, BellSouth failed to promote the plaintiff to sales coach despite her tenure, experience and proven performance, and instead, promoted less qualified non-black employees. In August 2006, the parties settled and a consent decree was filed.

The Consent Decree was valid for 18 months and included (1) a non-retaliation provision; (2) a provision requiring that Defendant hold at least one Title VII training session for managers and supervisors; (3) a provision regularly requiring Defendant to certify whether any African American employees had complained to management about denial of a promotion because of race and (4) a provision requiring the Defendant to post a notice containing information about federal anti-discrimination law. Additionally, Defendant paid the charging party $26,700.

Elizabeth Glassman - 05/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) BellSouth Telecommunications
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
4:05-cv-00207-HLM (N.D. Ga.) 08/25/2006
EE-GA-0009-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2005
EE-GA-0009-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/22/2006
EE-GA-0009-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/25/2006 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0009-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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