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Case Name United States v. Parish of Orleans Criminal Sheriff EE-LA-0104
Docket / Court 90-CV-04930 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On December 17, 1990, the United States Department of Justice (D.O.J.), on behalf of approximately 100 individuals, filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e. et seq. (Title VII) in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Parish of New Orleans Criminal ... read more >
On December 17, 1990, the United States Department of Justice (D.O.J.), on behalf of approximately 100 individuals, filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e. et seq. (Title VII) in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Parish of New Orleans Criminal Sheriff. The D.O.J. asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII through "pattern and practice" of discrimination against women in hiring and in conditions of employment.

The complaint alleges that the Parish of Orleans Criminal Sheriff discriminated on the basis of sex in hiring and promotion practices.

The individual employees sought to intervene as plaintiffs. On October 11, 1996, the parties filed a Joint Motion for Conditional Entry of Consent Decree. That decree provided for awards of individual relief to three hundred forty-three persons. Seventy-five claimants not recommended for relief filed objections to the United States' determination that they are not entitled to individual relief. The District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Magistrate Judge Alma Chasez) overruled each of the objections and entered the proposed consent decree as the final judgment, United States v. Parish of New Orleans Criminal Sheriff, 1997 WL 35215 (E.D.La. 1997).

On January 28, 1997, the consent decree was entered, with the general provisions that: (1) all persons hired under the terms of the ordered decree must meet all lawful job requirements; (2) The Sheriff's office shall ensure that all deputy sheriff's positions and assignments are open to women as stipulated as remedial relief; (3) persons who are entitled to an offer of an award of remedial relief shall include and woman who timely filed a claim for relief with the United States; and (4) the sheriff's office is to establish a fund of $2,000,000 from which monetary relief will be paid. Monetary relief was paid by the Parish of Orleans Criminal Sheriff's office to individual plaintiffs through January 13, 2004.

On October 8, 2003, the District Court dismissed the case pursuant to the consent decree, because all of the individual relief required by the consent decree had been paid.

Kaitlin Corkran - 03/17/2008

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Sex discrimination
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Criminal Sheriff
Plaintiff Description United States on behalf of female applicants
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1990 - 2004
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

2:90-cv-04930 (E.D. La.)
EE-LA-0104-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/28/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion (1997 WL 35215) (E.D. La.)
EE-LA-0104-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/27/1997
Appellate Brief [Movant-Appellant] (1997 WL 33575532)
EE-LA-0104-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/12/1997
Appellate Brief [Plaintiff]
EE-LA-0104-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/11/1997
Opinion (119 F.3d 1)
EE-LA-0104-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 06/10/1997
Judges Beer, Peter Hill (E.D. La.)
Benavides, Fortunato Pedro (Fifth Circuit)
Chasez, Alma L. (W.D. La., E.D. La.)
EE-LA-0104-0001 | EE-LA-0104-0003 | EE-LA-0104-9000
Higginbotham, Patrick Errol (Fifth Circuit, N.D. Tex.)
Sear, Morey Leonard (E.D. La.)
Wiener, Jacques Loeb Jr. (Fifth Circuit)
Plaintiff's Lawyers Angus, James S (District of Columbia)
Butler, Steven E. (District of Columbia)
Cornwell, John Kip (District of Columbia)
Dimsey, Dennis J. (District of Columbia)
Eisenstein, Miriam R. (District of Columbia)
Esch, Eugenia (District of Columbia)
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
Harris, Daniel (District of Columbia)
Johnson, Michael W. (District of Columbia)
Ojeda, Omar T. (District of Columbia)
Pena, David V. (District of Columbia)
Pinzler, Isabelle Katz (District of Columbia)
Thawley, Barbara E (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0104-0001 | EE-LA-0104-9000
Thornburgh, Dick (District of Columbia)
Volz, John P. (Louisiana)
Watkins, Jonathan (District of Columbia)
Defendant's Lawyers Jennings, Maureen Blackburn (Louisiana)
Matthews, Freeman Rudolph (Louisiana)
Usry, Thomas Allen (Louisiana)
Weeks, John F. II (Louisiana)
Other Lawyers Broome, Larry E (Louisiana)

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