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Case Name Tucker v. Walgreen Company EE-IL-0258
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00440-GPM-CJP ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On June 20, 2005, private plaintiffs filed a class action racial discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the Walgreen Company [Walgreens], in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis, pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, [" ... read more >
On June 20, 2005, private plaintiffs filed a class action racial discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the Walgreen Company [Walgreens], in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis, pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, ["Title VII"] and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Plaintiffs alleged that Walgreens practiced nationwide systemic racial discrimination against its African-American management and employees by: (1) denying African-Americans selection for entry level positions of Assistant Manager/Management Trainees; (2) denying promotions to African-American employees in retail and pharmacy career paths, and in district and corporate management; and (3) making store assignments to African-American management trainees, managers, and pharmacists by steering them into stores which fall into predominately African-American and/or lower income peer groups.

Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, and compensatory and punitive damages. Plaintiffs also sought class certification on behalf of all former, current, and future African-American management employees and applicants for management nationwide, as well as for current and former African-American pharmacists.

On September 22, 2006, plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint, over defendant's objection. Defendant then moved to dismiss plaintiffs' disparate impact claims and certain claims of a named plaintiff.

On December 4, 2006, following a hearing, the District Court (Judge G. Patrick Murphy) denied Walgreens' motion to dismiss.

At the request of the parties and the mediator Mr. Hunter Hughes, the District Court (Judge Murphy) issued a stay of the action for 60 days so that settlement negotiations could continue. The Stay was lifted on March 7, 2007 by Judge Murphy and the case was reset for a status conference on April 23, 2007.

Also on March 7, 2007, the EEOC filed a separate racial discrimination lawsuit against Walgreens in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. That case was styled EEOC v. Walgreen Company, 07-cv-00172-MJR-CJP [EE-IL-257 of this collection]. On March 12, 2007, the EEOC filed a motion to consolidate the EEOC case with the Tucker v. Walgreen Company case.

The motion to consolidate was granted by Judge Murphy on April 23, 2007 and the parties to both cases were ordered to file all further pleadings in the Tucker case, Case No. 05-440-GPM-CJP. Judge Murphy also allowed another individual to intervene as a party plaintiff. She filed her Complaint in Intervention on April 26, 2007.

On March 24, 2008, Judge Murphy signed a consent decree pursuant to which a settlement fund of $24,407,500 was established to be distributed among class members, representatives and to cover attorney fees and expenses. Additionally, the consent decree called for injunctive relief in the form of requiring Walgreen's to abide by all applicable laws, create a non-discrimination training program and create mandatory Promotional Benchmarks for minority employees to reach and report back on periodically.

David Miller - 04/28/2010

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals and Timekeeping
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Race discrimination
Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit
Disparate Impact
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Walgreen Company
Plaintiff Description All African Americans who are or were employed by Walgreens in any Covered Position, for any length of time, between June 20, 2001, and the Preliminary Approval Date (start and end dates inclusive)
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 2008 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0257 : EEOC v. Walgeen Company (S.D. Ill.)
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 ]

3:05-cv-00440-GPM-CJP (S.D. Ill.) 04/11/2008
EE-IL-0258-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Responses to Plaintiffs’ First Request for Production of Documents 10/28/2005
EE-IL-0258-0002 PDF | Detail
Statistical Analysis of Gender Patterns in Wal-Mart Workforce (by Richard Drogin, Ph. D.) 10/28/2005
EE-IL-0258-0003 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Marc Bendick, Jr., Ph.D. 10/28/2005
EE-IL-0258-0004 PDF | Detail
Supplementary Declaration of Marc Bendick, Jr., Ph.D. 12/12/2005
EE-IL-0258-0005 PDF | Detail
Second Amended Complaint 09/22/2006
EE-IL-0258-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 04/26/2007
EE-IL-0258-0006 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 03/24/2008
EE-IL-0258-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Murphy, G. Patrick (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007
Proud, Clifford J. (S.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baller, Morris J. (California)
EE-IL-0258-0001 | EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Baran, Andrea G. (Kansas)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Coopman, Amy L. (Missouri)
EE-IL-0258-0001 | EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Curtin, Nora E. (Florida)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Demchak, Teresa (California)
EE-IL-0258-0001 | EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Elliott-Clement, Wendee N. (Missouri)
Favre, JoDee (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Foland, W. James (Missouri)
EE-IL-0258-0001 | EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Jaramillo, Joseph E. (California)
EE-IL-0258-0001 | EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Johnson, Robert G. (Missouri)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Kamp, Jean P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Klosener, Tiffany B (Missouri)
EE-IL-0258-0001 | EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Seely, Barbara A. (Missouri)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Smith, Tequiero (Missouri)
Spriggs, Peter Kent (Florida)
EE-IL-0258-0001 | EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0007 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Barner, Rachel F. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Bateman, Paul E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Gaur, Shanthi V. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Hogan, Margaret P. (Illinois)
Hult, Keith C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-9000
King, Allan G. (Texas)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Peters, Thomas R. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Picou, Curtis R. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Ramsey, Amy Schaefer (Illinois)
Ybarra, John A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0258-0002 | EE-IL-0258-0006 | EE-IL-0258-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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