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Case Name EEOC v. AUTOZONE INC EE-TN-0011
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-02923-SHM-sta ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Memphis and Washington D.C. offices of the EEOC brought suit against Autozone, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in September 2000. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, it seems the complaint alleged that Autozone, Inc. engaged in a pattern or ... read more >
The Memphis and Washington D.C. offices of the EEOC brought suit against Autozone, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in September 2000. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, it seems the complaint alleged that Autozone, Inc. engaged in a pattern or practice of race and gender discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More specifically, the defendant allegedly discriminated against females and Blacks in hiring and promoting. The Court dismissed the pattern or practice claims of failure to hire female applicants for technician positions and failure to promote Black employees to official/manager positions on May 16, 2005 and July 7, 2005, respectively. An intervenor plaintiff was allowed to enter the suit, but her claim was subsequently dismissed in July 2005. The Court granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment with regard to the EEOC's claims for pattern or practice disparate treatment or practice disparate impact; the Court denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment with regard to the EEOC's motion for summary judgment on the EEOC's claims for individual disparate treatment and failure to comply with the record keeping requirements of Title VII. EEOC v. Autozone, Inc., No. Civ. 00-2923, 2006 WL 2524093 (W.D.Tenn. Aug. 29, 2006). Henceforth, the EEOC has pursued individual discrimination claims alleging failure to promote Black employees into official/manager positions. Autozone, Inc. subsequently filed a motion for summary judgment which was granted in part, denied in part on August 13, 2007. More specifically, Autozone's motion was granted as to the EEOC's failure-to-promote claims on behalf of nine employees and Autozone's motion was granted as to the EEOC's failure-to-hire claims on behalf of twelve applicants; Autozone's motion for summary judgment as to the EEOC's failure-to-hire claims on behalf of five applicants was denied. As of April 22, 2008, the case was ongoing.

Justin Kanter - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Promotion
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
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Autozone, Inc.
Autozone, 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 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)
2:00-cv-02923-SHM-sta (W.D. Tenn.) 03/25/2008
EE-TN-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order on Plaintiff's Motion for a Protective Order 10/23/2001 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment on the Issue of Laches, Denying Defendant's Motion to Limit the Temporal Scope, and Denying Defendant's Motion to Limit Monetary Relief 03/31/2003 (258 F.Supp.2d 822) (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order Denying [Defendant's] Motion for Protective Order and to Quash 02/16/2005 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Order Dismissing Plaintiff EEOC's Claim Concerning Failure to Hire Female Technicians 05/16/2005 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Dismissing Action of Intervening Plaintiff Constance Amos 07/06/2005 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Dismissing Plaintiff EEOC's Pattern or Practice Claim Concerning Failure to Promote African Americans into Official/Manager Positions 07/07/2005 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 08/29/2006 (2006 WL 2524093 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 61784) (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 08/13/2007 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0011-0006.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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