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Case Name Beck v. Boeing Company EE-WA-0113
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-00301 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On February 25, 2000, 37 individuals filed a class action complaint against Boeing Co. and its subsidiaries and divisions in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs, all female workers at various Boeing facilities, claimed that the company had ... read more >
On February 25, 2000, 37 individuals filed a class action complaint against Boeing Co. and its subsidiaries and divisions in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs, all female workers at various Boeing facilities, claimed that the company had discriminated against them and asked the court for injunctive relief, back pay, and benefits, alleging that the company had pursued and/or failed to eliminate policies that, while they may have seemed neutral, had the effect of discrimination. Specifically, they contended that they had been denied desirable job assignments, promotional opportunities, management positions, equal pay, overtime, and benefits.

In their motion for class certification, filed May 2, 2001, the plaintiffs, all female workers from the Puget Sound area, Wichita, Southern California, St. Louis, and Tulsa, claimed that they represented a fair cross section of Boeing's female employees. On October 19, 2001, the court (Judge Marsha J. Pechman) held that class certification was appropriate for injunctive action and punitive damages, although not for back pay. Beck v. Boeing, 203 F.R.D. 459 (W.D. Wash. 2001). The class consisted of women employed at defendant's facilities in the Puget Sound area of the State of Washington at any time since February 25, 1997. Id.

On October 8, 2004t, he court (Judge Pechman) granted final approval of a consent decree and awarded attorney's fees to the plaintiffs. In the settlement, Boeing agreed to pay between $40 and $70 million total, depending on the class member claim return rate. Boeing also agreed to provide relief with regard to starting salaries, salary reviews, performance evaluation, job analysis, promotion, and overtime.

Andrew Kline - 03/30/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Boeing Co.
Plaintiff Description Women employed at Boeing's facilities in the Puget Sound area at any time since February 25, 1997.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Ending Sex and Race Discrimination in the Workplace: Legal Interventions That Push the Envelope
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Written: Mar. 01, 2011
By: Ariane Hegewisch, Cynthia Deitch, Evelyn Murphy (Institute for Women's Policy Research & The Wage Project)
Citation: (Institute for Women's Policy Research, March 2011)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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-00301 (W.D. Wash.) 10/31/2007
EE-WA-0113-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Opinion 10/19/2001 (203 F.R.D. 459) (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0113-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 03/15/2004 (2004 WL 5495914) (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0113-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion 05/14/2004 (2004 WL 5495670) (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0113-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
[Proposed] Court-Approved Consent Decree 07/16/2004
EE-WA-0113-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Pechman, Marsha J. (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berman, Steve W. (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-9000
Helgren, Michael D. (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
McNaul, Jerry R. (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Reiser, Julie Goldsmith (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0113-0001
Schuknecht, Barbara H. (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Schwartz, Ann Marie (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Sellers, Joseph Marc (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Toll, Steven J. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Webber, Christine E. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Yang, Jenny R. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Babcock, Mary Kathleen (Kansas)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Brown, Barbara Berish (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Burkholder, Vaughn (Kansas)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Degraffenreid, Jeff P (Kansas)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Donnelly, Dennis C (Missouri)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Geier, Jon A. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Gioia, Veronica (Missouri)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Hannah, Lawrence B. (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Heyrich, Donald W. (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Hollingsworth, Jeffrey Alan (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Massoni, James Steven (Kansas)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-9000
O'Neill, Maureen (Georgia)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Sanders, James (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Smith, Paul E (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Thelen, Trisha A (Kansas)
EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Weirich, C. Geoffrey (Georgia)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Williams, Nancy (Washington)
EE-WA-0113-0001 | EE-WA-0113-0002 | EE-WA-0113-0003 | EE-WA-0113-0004 | EE-WA-0113-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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