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Case Name EEOC v. FORD MOTOR COMPANY EE-OH-0030
Docket / Court 1:04CV845 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
This case was filed in December 2004 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, by twelve African-Americans who alleged that their employer, Ford Motor Company, as well as their union, the UAW, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and Michigan state anti- ... read more >
This case was filed in December 2004 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, by twelve African-Americans who alleged that their employer, Ford Motor Company, as well as their union, the UAW, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and Michigan state anti-discrimination law. At issue were selection tests for apprenticeship training programs, tests which the plaintiffs said had a disparate impact upon blacks.

The EEOC brought a separate action against Ford (1:04-cv-00845), and the cases were consolidated. In June 2005 both cases were resolved via a settlement agreement. Ford agreed to pay $8.55 million and to implement a new selection process for its apprenticeship programs. This agreement further required Ford to hire an industrial psychologist to design this new selection process and to place 279 members of the Settlement Class on the eligibility list for the Ford apprenticeship program.

On June 15, 2005, the court found that the proposed Settlement Agreement was fair and on June 16, 2005, the court granted the Plaintiff's Motion in Support of Award of Attorney's Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses. The court ordered the Defendant to pay $1.1 million to class counsel to cover fees and expenses incurred during settlement negotiations, and $567,000 to cover fees and expenses associated with the implementation and monitoring of the Settlement Agreement.

Keri Livingston - 08/26/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Hire
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Testing
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Ford Motor Company
United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculatural Implement Workers of America
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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0107 : EEOC v. H Q Global Workplace, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-OH-0107 : Robinson et al v. Ford Motor Company, Inc. et al (S.D. Ohio)
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)
1:04-cv-00845-SAS (S.D. Ohio) 06/17/2005
EE-OH-0030-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 11/02/2004
EE-OH-0030-0012 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint 12/27/2004
EE-OH-0030-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [of Consolidation] 01/06/2005 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0030-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release 06/01/2005
EE-OH-0030-0002 PDF | Detail
Opinion & Order 06/15/2005 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0030-0011 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order 06/15/2005 (2005 WL 5253339) (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0030-0013 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 06/16/2005
EE-OH-0030-0007 PDF | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 06/17/2005 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0030-0004 PDF | Detail
Status Conference Memo including exhibits 09/06/2007
EE-OH-0030-0010 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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