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Case Name EEOC v. Phoenix Suns Limited Partnership EE-AZ-0083
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-00963-JAT ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2002, the Phoenix District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Phoenix Suns Limited Partnership, a basketball team and Sports Magic Team, a sports entertainment group, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the ... read more >
In May 2002, the Phoenix District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Phoenix Suns Limited Partnership, a basketball team and Sports Magic Team, a sports entertainment group, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the EEOC press releases that the complaint alleged the defendants discriminated against the three charging parties, females, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to hire women during the 1998-9 and following seasons to perform certain stunts during sporting events. Following extensive discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in October 2003 through consent decrees.

We do not have copies of the decrees; therefore, the exact remedies involved are unknown. However, it appears from the docket and press releases that the defendants signed a three-year consent decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, requiring the defendants to: maintain records concerning implementation of the consent decree, issue an apology and references for the charging parties, utilize objective hiring criteria, affirmatively recruit women, post notice of employee rights, provide annual training to all employees with supervisory responsibilities for hiring, recruiting or preparing recruitment advertisement, and pay $104,500 to be distributed among three charging parties.

David Friedman - 01/10/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex 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) Phoenix Suns Limited Partnership
Phoenix Suns Limited Partnership
Sports Magic Team
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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
2:02-cv-00963-JAT (D. Ariz.) 09/07/2004
EE-AZ-0083-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
"EEOC RESOLVES SEX DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST NBA's PHOENIX SUNS AND SPORTS MAGIC FOR $104,500" 10/09/2003
EE-AZ-0083-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - October, 2003 10/31/2003
EE-AZ-0083-0001.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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