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Case Name EEOC v. FEDEX FREIGHT EAST INC EE-MO-0033
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-01393-CEJ ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The St. Louis District Office of the EEOC brought this case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, against Fedex Freight East, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 2003, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, ... read more >
The St. Louis District Office of the EEOC brought this case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, against Fedex Freight East, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 2003, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant racially harassed the charging parties and discriminated against them because of their race (African American) in terms of hiring, promoting, demoting, firing, and other conditions such as assignment, hours, and training.

The Defendant moved for summary judgment in May 2005, but the motion was never ruled on, and the parties entered into a consent decree in October 2005. The decree was valid for three years and required the Defendant to pay a total of $500,000 to the six charging parties. Defendant was enjoined from discriminating in violation of Title VII, required to report regularly to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree, and required to survey its employees every six months to ask if they believed that assignments were being handed out fairly. By agreement, the Decree was modified a couple of months later to include two additional claimants.

Elizabeth Glassman - 07/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Fedex Freight East, Inc.
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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
4:03-cv-01393-CEJ (E.D. Mo.) 11/28/2005
EE-MO-0033-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint [Intervenor Plaintiffs] 12/30/2003
EE-MO-0033-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 10/31/2005
EE-MO-0033-0004 PDF | Detail
Order [Motion to Amend Consent Decree] 11/28/2005 (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0033-0006 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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