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Case Name EEOC v. Wells Fargo Financial Louisiana EE-LA-0063
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-00455-FAL-JDK ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 6, 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female banker, filed a lawsuit in the Western District Court of Louisiana, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against Wells Fargo Financial Louisiana, Inc. ... read more >
On March 6, 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female banker, filed a lawsuit in the Western District Court of Louisiana, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against Wells Fargo Financial Louisiana, Inc. The complaint claimed that the defendant deprived the complainant equal opportunities of getting promoted because of her race, African American, and her sex, female.

On January 3, 2001, the EEOC filed an amended complaint since it incorrectly named the defendant in its original complaint. The complainant was an Assistant Manager who was repeatedly denied a promotion to Branch Manager, despite having gotten positive recommendations from another Branch Manager. On two separate occasions, two lesser qualified White males who were also Assistant Managers were promoted to Branch Managers. The complainant was offered an intermediate position which offered a higher pay but she was never promoted to Branch Manager. The complainant then felt forced to quit because of the stress of not being able to be promoted based on her race and sex.

On August 15, 2001, the District Court (Judge F. A. Little, Jr.) entered a consent decree where the defendant, among other things, agreed to pay the complainant $12,000.

Perry Miska - 04/11/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex 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) WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL LOUISIANA, INC.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a female bank employee who was allegedly denied promotions because of her race, African American, and sex, female.
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 2001 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
3:00-cv-00455-FAL-JDK (W.D. La.) 07/08/2002
EE-LA-0063-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/06/2000
EE-LA-0063-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 01/03/2001
EE-LA-0063-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment of Dismissal 05/25/2001 (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0063-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/15/2001
EE-LA-0063-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges James, Robert Gillespie (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0063-0004
Little, F. A. Jr. (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0063-0005 | EE-LA-0063-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Butler, Michelle T (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0063-0001 | EE-LA-0063-0002 | EE-LA-0063-0005 | EE-LA-0063-9000
Carter, Yancy A (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0063-0001 | EE-LA-0063-0002 | EE-LA-0063-0005 | EE-LA-0063-9000
Hill, Keith T. (Texas)
EE-LA-0063-0001 | EE-LA-0063-0002 | EE-LA-0063-0005 | EE-LA-0063-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hayes, Thomas M. III (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0063-0005 | EE-LA-0063-9000
Tidwell, William C. III (Alabama)
EE-LA-0063-0005 | EE-LA-0063-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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