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Case Name EEOC v. PACIFIC MARITIME ASSOCIATION, INTERNATIONAL LONGSH EE-CA-0159
Docket / Court CV-00-01516 DT JWJ ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2000, the Los Angeles District Office and Washington Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Pacific Maritime Association, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, and the Union's Local 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging ... read more >
In February 2000, the Los Angeles District Office and Washington Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Pacific Maritime Association, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, and the Union's Local 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the Consent Decree that the complaint alleged the defendant's requirement that applicants complete a test regarding their basic adult education discriminated against Black, Hispanic, and Asian persons. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in June 2000 through a consent decree.

The two year decree, containing an agreement not to retaliate, required the defendant to: make compliance reports, keep records, allow access for compliance monitoring, provide the opportunity for a specified individual to receive retroactive seniority and pay pending successful completion of a test of permitted skills, post and distribute notice, implement a dispute resolution process, agree not to use basic education testing, and pay $2,751,257 plus interest into a fund for an unspecified number of class members. Following the consent decree, some court action was required in order to include late class members.

Daisy Manning - 04/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Retroactive Senority
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Testing
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) International Longshore & Warehouse Union
International Longshore & Warehouse Union
Pacific Maritime Association
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 2000 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
2:00-cv-01516-DT-JWJ (C.D. Cal.) 02/24/2004
EE-CA-0159-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Table Consent Decree; Order 06/05/2000
EE-CA-0159-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
FY 2000 Annual Performance Report 05/03/2001
EE-CA-0159-0002.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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