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Case Name EEOC v. TRI-STATE PLUMBING HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING CONTRACTORS, INC. EE-TN-0123
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-02717 ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this action against Tri-State Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors, Inc., United Association Of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinklefitters, Plumber's Local Union No. 17, and United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing ... read more >
The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this action against Tri-State Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors, Inc., United Association Of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinklefitters, Plumber's Local Union No. 17, and United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO in September 2005 in the U.S District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The intervenor's complaint alleged racial and sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and violations of 42 U.S.C. ß 1981. Eight complainants intervened in the EEOC's suit in January 2006. The defendants filed several motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim, all of which were denied. The case was ongoing in the district court as of April 22, 2008. In November 2007 a jury trial was scheduled for November 2008.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/04/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Tri-State Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors, Inc.
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO
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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
2:05-cv-02717-JDB-tmp (W.D. Tenn.) 02/01/2008
EE-TN-0123-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Intervenors' Complaint 03/08/2006
EE-TN-0123-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenors' First Amended Complaint 07/12/2006
EE-TN-0123-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion to Dismiss [...] 02/27/2007 (2007 WL 649088 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 14561) (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0123-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order Denying Motion to Dismiss of Defendant Tri-State Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors, Inc. 08/21/2007 (502 F.Supp.2d 767) (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0123-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Pham, Tu M. (W.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0123-9000
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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