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Case Name EEOC v. Tobacco Superstores, Inc. EE-AR-0049
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00218-WRW ( 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
On September 19, 2005, an African American employee, on behalf of other African American employees, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiff sued Tobacco Superstores Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff, ... read more >
On September 19, 2005, an African American employee, on behalf of other African American employees, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiff sued Tobacco Superstores Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff, represented by the EEOC, asked the court for injunctive and individual relief, claiming that she and other African American employees were denied promotions because of their race, and that she was constructively discharged because of her race.

The defendant filed two motions for summary judgment requesting that the court deny thirty-four individual class members from joining the case. The court granted and denied in part the defendants motion.

On August 4, 2008, District Judge William R. Wilson approved a consent decree. The decree enjoined the defendant from discrimination or retaliation; required the defendant to create and distribute non-discrimination and promotion policies; and required management at Tobacco Superstores to participate in anti-discrimination trainings. The The defendant also agreed to pay $425,000 in monetary relief to resolve the lawsuit.

David Friedman - 05/20/2008
Gabriela Hybel - 10/17/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Tobacco Superstores Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 2008 - 2011
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)
3:05-cv-00218-WRW (E.D. Ark.) 08/04/2008
EE-AR-0049-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/19/2005
EE-AR-0049-0001.pdf | Detail
Order [RE:Discovery] 07/26/2006 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0049-0002.pdf | Detail
Amended Order RE:Summary Judgment 06/06/2008 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0049-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/04/2008 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0049-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Forster, John F. Jr. (E.D. Ark.) [Magistrate]
EE-AR-0049-9000
Wilson, Billy Roy (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0049-0002 | EE-AR-0049-0003 | EE-AR-0049-0004 | EE-AR-0049-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beck, Terry (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Cash, William A. Jr. (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0049-0004 | EE-AR-0049-9000
Dixon, Pamela B. (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0049-0004 | EE-AR-0049-9000
Kores, Katharine W. (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Liner, Celia S. (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0049-0004 | EE-AR-0049-9000
Rapport, Adele (Michigan)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Tuggle, Darin B. (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Williams, Faye A. (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0049-0004 | EE-AR-0049-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Beavers, Brad J. (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Goldberg, Christine S. (Louisiana)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Guckert, Jennifer Robbins (Louisiana)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Julien, Henry Philip Jr. (Louisiana)
EE-AR-0049-0004 | EE-AR-0049-9000
Lombardi, Robert P. (Louisiana)
EE-AR-0049-0004 | EE-AR-0049-9000
Scott, Stephen L. (Alabama)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Woodford, Thomas J. (Alabama)
EE-AR-0049-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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