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Case Name United States v. Robertson Fire Protection District EE-MO-0102
Docket / Court 4:07-CV-01292 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On July 17th, 2007, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the Robertson Fire Protection District (RFPD). The DOJ sought ... read more >
On July 17th, 2007, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the Robertson Fire Protection District (RFPD). The DOJ sought injunctive and remedial relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against two African-American employees on the basis of race.

Specifically, the complaint stated that the discrimination took the form of demoting the two employees from the position of fire inspector to firefighter. Furthermore, the complaint alleges that the employees were retaliated against for filing charges of discrimination with the EEOC.

The case was referred to alternative dispute resolution on February 1, 2008. The parties reached a settlement and the Court (Judge Catherine D. Perry) entered a consent decree on May 23, 2008. Under the agreement, RFPD did not make admissions. The decree contained two general injunctions: 1) prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race; 2) prohibition of retaliation. The RFPD agreed to the following: 1) amend its written policies to prohibit discrimination, with description of complaints procedures, written or verbal;and identification of persons responsible for handling race discrimination complaints; 4) prompt and objective investigation of complaints, with results no later than 30 days after filing of a complaint; 5) designation of a person responsible for implementation of the policies; 6) distribution and publication of new policies; 7) mandatory nondiscrimination training. The two individuals both were to receive monetary awards (amounts unknown) and neutral references. The RFPD agreed to retain records pertinent to implementation of the decree. The United States retained a right to monitor compliance. The Court retained jurisdiction over the matter for the duration of the decree. The decree would dissolve after two years from its entry without further order of the court.

Jennifer Hau - 11/26/2007
Zhandos Kuderin - 07/17/2014

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Race discrimination
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Robertson Fire Protection District
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of African American employees of the fire department.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing Unknown
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 ]

4:07-cv-01292-CDP (E.D. Mo.) 05/22/2014
EE-MO-0102-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/17/2007 (2007 WL 2435555)
EE-MO-0102-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 10/23/2008 (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0102-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Perry, Catherine D. (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0102-0003 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0102-0002 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Gadzichowski, John M. (District of Columbia)
Hanaway, Catherine L. (Missouri)
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
Llewellyn, Nicholas P. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0102-0002 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Morrison, Jeffrey G. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0102-0003 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0102-0002 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Toomey, Kathleen (District of Columbia)
EE-MO-0102-0002 | EE-MO-0102-0003 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Billings, Charles H. (Missouri)
Jellinek, Charles B. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0102-0003 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Kearbey, Travis R. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0102-0003 | EE-MO-0102-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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