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Case Name EEOC v. NIKE, INC. EE-TN-0084
Docket / Court 2:99-cv-02412-JPM ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Nike, Inc., in May of 1999, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The suit alleged discrimination based on race and retaliation for complaining of this discrimination. The only two documents available ... read more >
The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Nike, Inc., in May of 1999, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The suit alleged discrimination based on race and retaliation for complaining of this discrimination. The only two documents available were the docket from PACER and the consent decree, which mentioned that the discrimination was against both black and white employees. The suit was resolved by a consent decree in just over 6 months.

The consent decree contained monetary and injunctive relief. Nike paid $20,000 to 7 employees. In addition they were to pay $15,000 to train their managers at the Memphis facility. The remainder of the injunctions were to train managers, post notice of this settlement for 60 days, and to refrain from discrimination and retaliation based on race and race based complaints.

Alex Bean - 06/11/2007


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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
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Nike, Inc.
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
2:99-cv-02412-JPM (W.D. Tenn.) 11/24/1999
EE-TN-0084-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 11/24/1999
EE-TN-0084-0001 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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