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Case Name EEOC v. WOODBINE HEALTHCARE LTD, ET AL. EE-MO-0094
Docket / Court 4:97-cv-01607-SOW ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 1997, private plaintiff filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri against Woodbine Healthcare, a general care nursing home, and two individuals, alleging that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by paying nurses of Filipino ... read more >
In December 1997, private plaintiff filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri against Woodbine Healthcare, a general care nursing home, and two individuals, alleging that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by paying nurses of Filipino origin lower wages than other nurses, assigned them menial job titles regardless of their qualifications, and subjected them to a hostile work environment.

The St. Louis district office of the EEOC intervened in the case to represent the interests of sixty-five Filipino nurses, including the plaintiff, employed by the defendant. After a patial dismissal of the claims against the individual defendants and a prolonged battle over class certification, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in March 1999.

The EEOC litigation report states, and the Consent Decree confirms, that the defendant agreed to pay the class a total of 1.67 million dollars, pay attorney's fees of $430,000, and issue apology letters to each of the aggrieved class members.

Keri Livingston - 07/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
EEOC intervened in private suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Denny Barnett
Robert Norcross
Woodbine Healthcare, LP
Woodbine Healthcare, LP
Woodbine Healthcare, LP
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 1999 - 2001
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
4:97-cv-01607-SOW (W.D. Mo.) 12/14/2000
EE-MO-0094-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 12/15/1997
EE-MO-0094-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
First Amended Class Action Complaint 04/27/1998
EE-MO-0094-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Complaint of Plaintiff-Intervenor Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 05/15/1998
EE-MO-0094-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
EEOC Press Release 03/02/1999
EE-MO-0094-0001.pdf | Detail
Minute Sheet 03/05/1999 (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0094-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Consent Decree 03/08/1999
EE-MO-0094-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
AMENDED STIPULATION OF CLASS CERTIFICATION, DEFINITION, CLASS REPRESENTATIVE AND CLASS COUNSEL 03/08/1999
EE-MO-0094-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Order of Final Approval of Amended Consent Decree 06/08/1999 (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0094-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
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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