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Case Name EEOC v. Bellsouth Telecommunication, Inc. EE-AL-0012
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-00087-M ( S.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2001, the EEOC district office in Birmingham, Alabama brought this suit against Bellsouth Telecommunications, Inc., a regional telephone and internet provider, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Fourteen individuals intervened in the case. The complaints ... read more >
In February 2001, the EEOC district office in Birmingham, Alabama brought this suit against Bellsouth Telecommunications, Inc., a regional telephone and internet provider, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Fourteen individuals intervened in the case. The complaints state that it was alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it refused to promote, training, or even test Black employees for promotion because of their race. After consenting to a trial by a magistrate judge and almost a dozen discovery motions, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in October 2003.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the the defendant would pay the fourteen intervenors $883,000, make no public statements about the decree, promote two of the complainants when positions become available, provide EEO training, post EEO notices, not use the BMAT test in its promotion efforts, inform non-management of the management program, refrain from retaliating, and submit semiannual compliance reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the decree ran for two years.

Joel Pettit - 06/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Testing
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Bellsouth Telecommunications, 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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
1:01-cv-00087-M (S.D. Ala.) 10/22/2003
EE-AL-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/11/2001
EE-AL-0012-0001.pdf | Detail
[Intervenor's] Complaint 06/25/2001
EE-AL-0012-0002.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Motion for Protective Order] 10/09/2001 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0012-0008.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Motion to Compel and Granting Motion for Protective Order] 11/05/2001 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0012-0009.pdf | Detail
Protective Order 11/05/2001 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0012-0010.pdf | Detail
Protective Order 12/07/2001 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0012-0011.pdf | Detail
First Amended Complaint in Intervention of Melvia Clemmons 01/18/2002
EE-AL-0012-0004.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Motion for Protective Order and Motions to Compel] 03/12/2002 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0012-0012.pdf | Detail
Order [Granting in Part Motion to Compel] 04/17/2002 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0012-0013.pdf | Detail
Stipulation of Dismissal 10/16/2003
EE-AL-0012-0005.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 10/16/2003
EE-AL-0012-0006.pdf | Detail
Order 10/22/2003 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0012-0007.pdf | Detail
Judges Milling, Bert W. Jr. (S.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
EE-AL-0012-0012 | EE-AL-0012-0013
Steele, William H. (S.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
EE-AL-0012-0008
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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