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Case Name EEOC v. LOWE'S HOME CENTERS, INC. EE-TN-0068
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-00133 ( E.D. Tenn )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 2004, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Nashville Area Office) brought this suit against Lowe's Home Centers, Inc., d/b/a Vonore Reload Distribution Center #970, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The complaint alleged that ... read more >
In March 2004, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Nashville Area Office) brought this suit against Lowe's Home Centers, Inc., d/b/a Vonore Reload Distribution Center #970, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the two charging parties and other African American applicants by failing to hire them because of their race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After some scheduling orders and discovery, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in July 2005. However, this motion was never resolved because it appears the parties reached a tentative settlement in October 2005. A few months later, the parties entered into a final settlement agreement in early December.

The settlement agreement had a duration of one year or until each term had been fulfilled, whichever was longer. The agreement contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses and required the defendant to provide Title VII training for its supervisory and management employees at its Vonore facility as well as any other employees involved in hiring, promotion, and firing at its Vonore facility. In addition, the defendant agreed to: continue to enforce its diversity policy, maintain its posting of a Title VII poster, post a copy of its policy and procedure for reporting and preventing discrimination, and pay $60,000.

Michele Marxkors - 07/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
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) Lowe's Home Centers, Inc.
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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2005 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
3:04-cv-00133 (E.D. Tenn) 01/24/2006
EE-TN-0068-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release: "Lowe's Companies, Inc. Sued for Race Discrimination" 03/24/2004
EE-TN-0068-0003 PDF | Detail
Amended Complaint 11/02/2005
EE-TN-0068-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 11/29/2005
EE-TN-0068-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Phillips, Thomas W. (E.D. Tenn, E.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0068-9000
Shirley, C. Clifford Jr. (E.D. Tenn) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0068-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers Goldsmith, Bruce (Illinois)
EE-TN-0068-9000

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