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Case Name EEOC v. Barnhill's Buffet EE-AR-0008
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00210-SWW ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2001, the EEOC's Little Rock Area Office (with participation from the Memphis District Office) brought this suit against Barnhill's Buffet, Inc., d/b/a Barnhill's Country Buffet, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of race in ... read more >
In June 2001, the EEOC's Little Rock Area Office (with participation from the Memphis District Office) brought this suit against Barnhill's Buffet, Inc., d/b/a Barnhill's Country Buffet, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the charging party, a black employee, complained to her manager that her hours were being reduced because of her race, and the defendant then retaliated against her for her complaint by terminating her. The parties participated in a settlement conference in March 2002 which resulted in a settlement in April 2002 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation provisions and required the defendant to pay the charging party $29,000. In addition, the defendant agreed to: post a Title VII poster, provide the charging party with a neutral reference, and provide Title VII training for its supervisors and managers.

Michele Marxkors - 06/11/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Barnhill's Buffet, 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 2002 - 2004
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)
3:01-cv-00210-SWW (E.D. Ark.) 04/05/2002
EE-AR-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 06/29/2001
EE-AR-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 04/05/2002
EE-AR-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Forster, John F. Jr. (E.D. Ark.) [Magistrate]
EE-AR-0008-9000
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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