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Case Name EEOC v. SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE, L.P. DBA A.T. & T. SOUTHWEST AN EE-AR-0046
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-00176-JLH ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006, the Little Rock Area Office and Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Southwestern Bell Telephone LP, doing business as AT&T Southwest and SBC Communications, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of ... read more >
In September 2006, the Little Rock Area Office and Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Southwestern Bell Telephone LP, doing business as AT&T Southwest and SBC Communications, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of religion, Jehovah's Witness, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the two complaining parties were unlawfully discharged from their positions following their unexcused leave from work to attend a religious convention. Following discovery and a failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant in October 2007, the case was tried by a jury in October 2007. The jury found in favor of the plaintiffs. The defendant was required: provide reinstatement and retroactive seniority for the complainants, refrain from discrimination, pay $756,000 to be distributed among two complaining parties, and pay $2,700.15 in fees and costs. The defendant and EEOC filed for an appeal from this judgment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in January and February of 2008. We do not have a copy of the outcomes from these appeals; therefore, the final disposition of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit is unknown.

Daisy Manning - 04/15/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Reinstatement
Retroactive Senority
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Southwestern Bell Telephone LP
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
3:06-cv-00176-JLH (E.D. Ark.) 02/22/2008
EE-AR-0046-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
08-1096 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 02/26/2008
EE-AR-0046-9001.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2006
EE-AR-0046-0001.pdf | Detail
Opinion and Order 10/03/2007 (2007 WL 2891379) (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0046-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Judgment 10/23/2007 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0046-0003.pdf | Detail
Order 12/19/2007 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0046-0004.pdf | Detail
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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