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Case Name EEOC v. CINCINNATI BELL INFO ET AL EE-OH-0015
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-00383-SSB ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 1998, the Cleveland office of the EEOC brought this class action suit against Cincinnati Bell Info et al. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for violation of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. From the Consent Decree it appears that the Defendant discriminated against ... read more >
In May 1998, the Cleveland office of the EEOC brought this class action suit against Cincinnati Bell Info et al. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for violation of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. From the Consent Decree it appears that the Defendant discriminated against female employees, by denying them service credit for the period they were on maternity leave, and thus affecting their retirement benefits.

The consent decree was approved by the court in January 2001. After objections to the class by potential class members at the fairness hearing, the court issued a final order dismissing the charging party's Rule 23 and Rule 19(a) claims. The Consent Decree required the Defendant to: restore service credit which was deducted from women who took maternity leave, allow class members to retire based on their updated service credit, and provide a lump sum payment to class members who were wrongly denied a more favorable retirement plan. Additionally, the Defendant would post notice of the settlement, mail notice to all class members, and publish the notice in local papers.

Keri Livingston - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Cincinnati Bell Information System
Cincinnati Bell Pension Plan
Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company
Cincinnati Bell Telephone Inc
Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC Local 4400
Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC Local 4401
CWA AFL-CIO CLC
Employee Benefit Committee For The Cincinnati Bell Pension Plan
Employees Benefit Claim Review Committee For The Cincinnati Bell Pension Plan
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 2001 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
1:98-cv-00383-SSB (S.D. Ohio) 11/20/2001
EE-OH-0015-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 08/14/2000
EE-OH-0015-0001 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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