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Case Name EEOC v. University of Phoenix, Inc. EE-AZ-0116
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-2303-MHM ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 25, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a class of non-Latter Day Saints employees, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Arizona, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against the ... read more >
On September 25, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a class of non-Latter Day Saints employees, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Arizona, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against the University of Phoenix, Inc. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees, and other forms of affirmative relief claiming that the defendants engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against a class of employees who were not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by treating them less favorably with regard to their terms and conditions of employment and retaliating against them for their complaint of discrimination.

On April 18, 2007, the EEOC filed an amended complaint adding Apollo Group, Inc. as a defendant. On May 2, 2008, the District Court (Judge Mary H. Murguia) granted and denied in part the plaintiff-intervenors' motions to intervene. On May 20, 2008, the District Court (Judge Murguia), among other things, granted the plaintiffs' motion for certification (text entry only; no PDF available). On May 21, 2008, the District Court (Judge Murguia) denied the defendant's motion for reconsideration. The defendants appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Judges William Cameron Canby, Jr. and Edward Leavy) but its petition for permission to appeal was denied on August 14, 2008. Then, on September 19, 2008, the District Court (Judge Murguia) permitted the plaintiffs to construct their case as one involving a pattern or practice of discrimination.

On November 7, 2008, the District Court (Judge Mary H. Murguia) entered a consent decree where the defendant, among other things, agreed to issue letters of apology, pay the class members $1,875,000, and pay private counsel fees in the amount of $100,000.

Jason Chester - 10/21/2008
Perry Miska - 05/18/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Apology
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitor/Master
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Apollo Group, Inc.
University of Phoenix, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of non-Latter Day Saints employees alleging religion discrimination.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2012
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
2:06-cv-02303-MHM (D. Ariz.) 11/07/2008
EE-AZ-0116-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/25/2006
EE-AZ-0116-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 04/18/2007
EE-AZ-0116-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order granting motions to intervene 05/02/2008 (2008 WL 1971396 / 2008 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 38717) (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0116-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order denying the defendant's motion for reconsideration 05/21/2008 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0116-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ninth Circuit Order denying petition for permission to appeal 08/14/2008
EE-AZ-0116-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order permitting the plaintiffs to proceed with the construction of the case as alleging a pattern or practice of discrimination 09/19/2008 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0116-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 11/07/2008 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0116-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Canby, William Cameron Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
EE-AZ-0116-0005
Leavy, Edward (FISCR, Ninth Circuit, D. Or.) [Magistrate]
EE-AZ-0116-0005
Murguia, Mary Helen (D. Ariz., Ninth Circuit)
EE-AZ-0116-0003 | EE-AZ-0116-0004 | EE-AZ-0116-0006 | EE-AZ-0116-0007 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kruse, Katherine (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0001 | EE-AZ-0116-0002 | EE-AZ-0116-0007 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
O'Neill, Mary Jo (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0001 | EE-AZ-0116-0002 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Padegimas, Sandra (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0001 | EE-AZ-0116-0002 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Rosas, Lucila G. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0007 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Shanley, Sally C. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0001 | EE-AZ-0116-0002 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Wells, Patricia Kirtley (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0007 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Foster, Brian J. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0007 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Hayden, William R. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0007
Mitchell, Matthew Drew (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-9000
Woodard, Joshua Robert (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0116-0007 | EE-AZ-0116-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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