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Case Name EEOC v. METHODIST HEALTH SYSTEMS EE-TN-0077
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-02863-BBD ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1998, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Methodist Healthcare, formerly Methodist Health Systems, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the ... read more >
In September 1998, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Methodist Healthcare, formerly Methodist Health Systems, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, 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, the Agreement Order indicates that the complaint alleged the defendant refused to promote the complainant, an employee of Methodist Healthcare's Alliance Home Care subsidiary, because of her race, black, due to its classification of employees on the basis of race through a system of coding transfer and promotion requests. Shortly thereafter, the parties settled the lawsuit through an agreement order in January 1999.

The one-year settlement agreement required the defendant to: make compliance reports, provide a neutral reference for the complainant, prohibited the defendant from coding requests for transfers or promotions using race or gender identification and from failing to maintain ordinary business records, post notice of employee rights, and pay $15,000 to the complainant.

David Friedman - 03/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Methodist Healthcare
Methodist Healthcare
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 1999 - 2000
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)
2:98-cv-02863-BBD (W.D. Tenn.) 01/19/1999
EE-TN-0077-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Agreed Order 01/19/1999 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0077-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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