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Case Name EEOC v. Bashas' Inc. EE-AZ-0018
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-02382-SMM ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On August 17, 2005, non-Navajo Native Americans filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued Bashas’ Inc. and the Navajo Nation under Title VII. The plaintiffs, represented by the EEOC, asked the court for injunctive relief, back pay, and ... read more >
On August 17, 2005, non-Navajo Native Americans filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued Bashas’ Inc. and the Navajo Nation under Title VII. The plaintiffs, represented by the EEOC, asked the court for injunctive relief, back pay, and punitive damages. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that Bashas’ Inc. engaged in unlawful employment practices by discriminating against the plaintiffs on the basis of their national origin, and that Bashas’ Inc. failed to make and preserve records relevant to the determination of whether unlawful employment practices had been committed.

On December 14, 2006, District Judge Stephen M. McNamee ordered a stay on the proceedings pending the appeals in the EEOC v. Peabody Western Coal case. (EE-AZ-0082 in this Clearinghouse.) Judge McNamee found that the complaint filed by the EEOC in the Peabody case were substantial identical to the complaint filed against Bashas’ Inc, and so the instant case should be stayed. On December 14, 2006, November 18, 2010, and April 6, 2012 Judge Stephen M. McNamee ordered further stays of proceedings pending developments in the Peabody case.

On September 26, 2014 the Peabody case was decided against the EEOC. Judge W. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that Navajo hiring preferences was a political classification, not a classification based on national origin. As such, the preferences were not a violation of Title VII.

On November 12, 2014 Judge Stephen M. McNamee dismissed with prejudice the case in accordance with the Ninth Circuit's opinion in Peabody. 828 F.Supp.2d 1056.

Gabriela Hybel - 10/23/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Bashas' Inc.
Navajo Nation
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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-AZ-0082 : EEOC v. Peabody Coal Company (D. Ariz.)
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-02382-SMM (D. Ariz.) 11/12/2014
EE-AZ-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/17/2005
EE-AZ-0018-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum of Decision and Order [Regarding Defendants' Motion to Stay Proceedings] 12/14/2006 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0018-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges McNamee, Stephen M. (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baran, Andrea Gail (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
eDriscoll−MacEachron, James P (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Houk, Christoper Robert (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Kruse, Katherine (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Meyer, Valerie L. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Nutter, Karen E. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-0001 | EE-AZ-0018-9000
O'Neill, Mary Jo (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-0001 | EE-AZ-0018-9000
Rosas, Lucila G. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-0001 | EE-AZ-0018-9000
Shanley, Sally C. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Smith, C. Emanuel (Alabama)
EE-AZ-0018-0001 | EE-AZ-0018-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Denetsosie, Louis (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Enfield, Lisa M (New Mexico)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Frye, Paul E (New Mexico)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Quincy, Stephanie J. (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Spruhan, Paul Wesley (Arizona)
EE-AZ-0018-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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