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Case Name Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Co. EE-GA-0098
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-03679 ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On December 12, 1998, an African-American employee of The Coca-Cola Company filed a lawsuit under both 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq. against The Coca-Cola Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
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On December 12, 1998, an African-American employee of The Coca-Cola Company filed a lawsuit under both 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq. against The Coca-Cola Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, claiming that the the defendant was systematically discriminating against African-American employees with regard to employee evaluations, compensation, promotions and job placement within the corporation's divisions.

On April 22, 1999, the plaintiffs filed an amended class action complaint. On May 28, 1999, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss the class allegations, which was denied on July 16, 1999. On January 12, 2000, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint. As written in that document, the plaintiffs' purported class consisted of "All African-American persons employed by Defendant Coca-Cola in salaried exempt and non-exempt positions . . . in the United States at any time from April 22, 1995, to June 14, 2000, including, but not limited to, current or former salaried employees of the Corporate Office, Coca-Cola USA, and Minute Maid."

According to the docket, on February 8, 2000, the court (Judge Richard W. Story) ordered the parties to attempt in good faith to settle the case by participating in non-binding, confidential mediation. Because the length and outcome of the mediation was uncertain at the time, the litigation was ordered to not be stayed and rather to proceed simultaneously with the mediation.

On November 16, 2000, the court (Judge Story) issued an order approving a summary of terms of the settlement agreement that had been worked on in the confidential mediation. After extensive litigation, on May 22, 2001, the plaintiffs issued a motion for approval of the reworked settlement and provisional certification of the class. On June 7, 2001, the court (Judge Story) granted the motion from May 22, approving the settlement and terminating the case. The settlement agreement established a Task Force to ensure fair, equitable and effective implementation of the agreement and to provide independent oversight; mandated Coca-Cola to hire an ombudsperson to ensure that all complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation are fully and fairly investigated; and a cash settlement of roughly $103 million for compensatory damages and the back pay.

Nathaniel Koslof - 04/26/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Coca-Cola Co.
Plaintiff Description All African-American persons employed by Defendant Coca-Cola in salaried exempt and non-exempt positions (commonly referred to as ‘Associates’ by Defendant) in the United States at any time from April 22, 1995, to June 14, 2000
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 2001 - 2005
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−03679 (N.D. Ga.) 12/29/2006
EE-GA-0098-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint 04/22/1999
EE-GA-0098-0008 PDF | Detail
Order 07/16/1999 (1999 WL 527835) (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0098-0010 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Settlement Agreement (signed) 11/16/2000
EE-GA-0098-0007 PDF | Detail
Order Approving Final Notice of Class Settlement 01/16/2001 (133 F.Supp.2d 1364) (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0098-0009 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
The Class Representatives' Motion for Approval of Settlement and Brief in Support 05/22/2001 (2001 WL 36041527)
EE-GA-0098-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 03/18/2003 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0098-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal 05/19/2003
EE-GA-0098-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Annual Report of the Task Force 12/01/2003
EE-GA-0098-0001 PDF | Detail
Order 11/24/2004 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0098-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 12/01/2006 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0098-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Dougherty, John E. (N.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
EE-GA-0098-9000
Scofield, E. Clayton III (N.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
EE-GA-0098-0004
Story, Richard W. (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0098-0003 | EE-GA-0098-0006 | EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Strother, John R. Jr. (N.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
EE-GA-0098-9000
Monitors/Masters Burns, M. Anthony (Florida)
EE-GA-0098-0001
Casellas, Gilbert F. (District of Columbia)
EE-GA-0098-0001
Cooke, Edmund D. (District of Columbia)
EE-GA-0098-0001
Herman, Alexis M. (District of Columbia)
EE-GA-0098-0001
Knowles, Marjorie Fine (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0001
Lee, Bill Lann (California)
EE-GA-0098-0001
Redwood, Rene A. (District of Columbia)
EE-GA-0098-0001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adams, Russell Wayne (Alabama)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Bhat, Ghouri (Texas)
EE-GA-0098-9000
Bramlett, Jeffrey O. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0007 | EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Coukos, Pamela (District of Columbia)
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Diaz, Maryann (Florida)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Fisher, Samuel (Alabama)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Gary, Sekou M. (Florida)
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Gary, Willie E. (Florida)
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Hoffler, Tricia P. (Florida)
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Jenkins, Ginger (Florida)
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Langley, Christopher David (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Mehri, Cyrus (District of Columbia)
EE-GA-0098-0007 | EE-GA-0098-0008 | EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Mixon, Homer Lamar (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Perkins, Byron Renard (Alabama)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Rosenwasser, Steven (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Thorpe, Joshua F. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Tucker, Dana Walker (Florida)
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Voyles, James E. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0008 | EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Wiggins, Robert L Jr. (Alabama)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ashe, R. Lawrence Jr. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0007 | EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Blews, Shelly Sharp (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Boas, Robert Allan (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0007 | EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Clineburg, William A. Jr. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Johnson, Elizabeth Finn (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Johnston, Michael W. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0005 | EE-GA-0098-0007 | EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Kimbell, John Alvin (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0010
Sampson, Thomas G. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Thompson, Larry D. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0010 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Tompkins, Jeffrey Emery (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0009 | EE-GA-0098-9000
Other Lawyers Guggenheim, Robert Thomas (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-9000
Hill, Janet Elizabeth (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-0005 | EE-GA-0098-9000
McManus, F. Shields (Florida)
EE-GA-0098-9000
Rhodes, Rosemarie (Georgia)
EE-GA-0098-9000

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