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Case Name Jones v. City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida EE-FL-0124
Docket / Court 0:02-cv-60652-DLG ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 10, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the City of Fort Lauderdale in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging that City's Public Services Department discriminated against an employee on the basis of his race. Specifically, the ... read more >
On May 10, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the City of Fort Lauderdale in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging that City's Public Services Department discriminated against an employee on the basis of his race. Specifically, the United States contended that the defendant failed or refused to promote an employee to the position of Engineering Inspector because he was an African-American, and that the defendant failed or refused to take appropriate action to remedy fully the effects of the discrimination against this employee. Furthermore, the United States alleged that the City of Fort Lauderdale subjected the employee to harassment that adversely affected the terms, conditions, and privileges of his employment because he opposed the discriminatory employment practices, filed an internal complaint of discrimination with the City, and filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The United States sought injunctive and monetary relief.

The defendant eventually promoted the employee to the position of Engineering Inspector I in September 1998, but did not receive back pay or other relief. The defendant denied the United States' allegations and further denied that it had engaged in any unlawful employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in violation of Title VII.

On January 13, 2003, the plaintiffs and the defendant agreed to enter into a consent decree ordered by the district court (Judge Donald L. Graham). The City of Fort Lauderdale agreed not to engage in any act that unlawfully discriminates against any employee or potential employee because of that individual's race. The City further agreed that it would not retaliate against any person in a manner prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because that person made an internal complaint of discrimination; filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, or the Broward County Human Rights Division; participated in or cooperated with the initiation, investigation, litigation or administration of this settlement agreement; or provided information to the Department of Justice. Furthermore, the city of Fort Lauderdale agreed to post anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies in a prominent and conspicuous location in City Hall and in the Department of Public Services.

Additionally, the City agreed to arrange mandatory training for all employees. While this settlement agreement remains in effect, the city will maintain all records related to the filling of vacancies for Engineering Inspector I positions for each hiring event, application period, test administration, and phase of any test administration, and the Department of Justice can request to see them in order to monitor the city's compliance.

The docket ends on December 7, 2005 with the district court (Judge Graham) entering and order dismissing the case with prejudice.

Dana Schwarz - 11/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Fort Lauderdale
Plaintiff Description US on behalf of an African-American Public Services employee
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
0:02-cv-60652 (S.D. Fla.) 12/07/2005
EE-FL-0124-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial 05/10/2002
EE-FL-0124-0002.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 01/13/2003
EE-FL-0124-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Graham, Donald L. (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0124-0001 | EE-FL-0124-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0124-0002
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0124-0001 | EE-FL-0124-0002
Burrows, Charlotte (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0124-0001 | EE-FL-0124-0002 | EE-FL-0124-9001
Clark, Carolyn (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0124-0001 | EE-FL-0124-0002 | EE-FL-0124-9001
Clyne, Reginald John (Florida)
EE-FL-0124-9001
Hermann, Robyn Juanita (Florida)
EE-FL-0124-0001 | EE-FL-0124-0002 | EE-FL-0124-9001
Jimenez, Marcos Daniel (Florida)
EE-FL-0124-0002 | EE-FL-0124-9001
Martin, Marybeth (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0124-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Latimer, Henry (Florida)
EE-FL-0124-9001
Leder, Debra M (Florida)
EE-FL-0124-9001
Rogers, Gordon Dean (Florida)
EE-FL-0124-0001 | EE-FL-0124-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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