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Case Name Williams v. Sprint/United Mgmt. Co. EE-KS-0025
Docket / Court 03-02200 ( D. Kan. )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On Apr. 23, 2003, the plaintiff, a woman above the age of 40, filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 621, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and 42 U.S.C. §12203 against Sprint/United Management Company in U.S. District ... read more >
On Apr. 23, 2003, the plaintiff, a woman above the age of 40, filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 621, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and 42 U.S.C. §12203 against Sprint/United Management Company in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought to be reinstated to her former position, back pay of $75,000, front pay, lost fringe benefits, compensation for physical injury, pain and suffering, future medical, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other categories of actual damage, and $1 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff alleged that that defendant had engaged in a pattern and practice of age discrimination against her and others similarly situated such that it should proceed as a collective action under the ADEA. The plaintiff was terminated in a reduction in force (RIF) while working for Sprint Management Company. The plaintiff contended that Sprint, before and during the RIF process, routinely transferred younger employees (i.e., employees under the age of 40) to "safe" positions that would not be eliminated during the RIF.

On Apr. 19, 2004, the plaintiff moved for provisional certification to proceed as an ADEA collective action. On July 2, 2004, the court granted the motion for provisional certification. At this time, 119 individuals had already opted in to the collective action. The provisional certification defined the class as employees who were all terminated as a result of Sprint’s RIF occurring from Oct. 2001 through Mar. 2003; were subjected to the same “displacement guidelines” and “reduction guidelines” utilized by Sprint management in determining which employees to select for termination during the RIF; and were subjected to the same performance rating systems.

The plaintiff filed amended complaints on July 2, 2004, and again on Nov. 14, 2005.

On July 19, 2004, the case was consolidated with several other similar cases for the limited purpose of coordination of discovery.

The plaintiffs moved to have ten plaintiffs who had filed separate actions joined to this action; to add a disparate impact claim in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Smith v. City of Jackson, Mississippi, 544 U.S. 228 (2005); and to expand the definition of the class. At this time, the class comprised employees who, among other things, were terminated on or after Oct. 1, 2001 and who were assigned to job grades 71 through 79. The plaintiffs sought to expand the class to include those whose employment was terminated beginning in late July 2001, and to include “E grade” (executive level) employees.

Oral argument was held on July 26, 2005. On July 29, 2005, the court granted and denied the plaintiffs’ motion in part. The court granted the plaintiffs’ motion with respect to the adding the disparate impact claim and denied the motion with respect to the other two claims. The motion to expand the class was denied on the grounds that it was untimely.

The parties entered mediation in 2006. On May 18, 2007, the parties filed a joint motion for preliminary approval of collective action settlement. On May 30, 2007, the court granted preliminary confirmation of the proposed settlement and appointed a settlement administrator.

On Sept. 11, 2007, Judge John Lungstrum approved the class settlement agreement. The settlement provided $57 million in monetary relief to the 1,697-member class previously certified under the ADEA. Specifically, the court found, based on the parties' joint filing, the court's knowledge of the record, and the hearing with the parties, that the terms of the Master Full and Final Settlement Agreement of All Claims ("Settlement Agreement") appeared to be "reasonable, adequate, fair, and consistent with relevant state and federal law and warrants notice thereof being given to the individual Plaintiffs."

On Oct. 15, 2009, Judge Lungstrum signed an order accepting the report of final termination of the settlement fund and dismissing the case with prejudice.

The case is now closed.

Caitlyn Clarke - 03/06/2008
Elizabeth Greiter - 03/22/2018


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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sprint/United Management Company
Plaintiff Description All non-executive, exempt (Grade 71-79) and non-exempt (Grade 38-41), former employees of Sprint who were a) terminated between October 1, 2001 and and March 31, 2003 and b) were age 40 or older on their last day of work
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Filing Year 2003
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:03−cv−02200 (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/15/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Lexis] (222 F.R.D. 483) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/01/2004
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 285] (222 F.R.D. 483) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/02/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 286]
EE-KS-0025-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/02/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 2789] (2005 WL 731070) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/30/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 3125] (2005 WL 1801605) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/29/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 3157] (2005 WL 1941664) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0011.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/12/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 3194] (2005 WL 2122070) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/31/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 3333] (230 F.R.D. 640) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/29/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 3410] (232 F.R.D. 388) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 11/01/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Revised Second Amended Complaint
EE-KS-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/14/2005
Order [ECF# 3543] (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0015.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/24/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 3549] (2006 WL 266599) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0016.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/01/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 3555] (2006 WL 279041) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0017.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/03/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 3749] (235 F.R.D. 494) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0018.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/21/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 4211] (2006 WL 1867471) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0019.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 06/30/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4213] (2006 WL 1867478) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0020.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/01/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 4221] (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0021.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/10/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4314] (2006 WL 2631939) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0022.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/13/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4315] (2006 WL 2631938) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0023.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/13/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4326] (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0024.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/25/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4343] (2006 WL 2850659) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0025.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/05/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4392] (2006 WL 6653485) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0026.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/06/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 4401] (2006 WL 3256840) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0027.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/09/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 4404] (238 F.R.D. 633) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0028.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 11/09/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 4423] (2006 WL 3343758) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0029.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/16/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 4461] (2006 WL 3627090) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0030.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/08/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4467] (2006 WL 3694862) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0031.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/13/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 4521] (2007 WL 38397) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0032.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/05/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4541] (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0033.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/23/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 4551] (2007 WL 315826) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0034.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/31/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4559] (2007 WL 445201) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0035.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/07/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4572] (2007 WL 634873) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0036.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/27/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4573] (2007 WL 634735) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0037.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/27/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4591] (245 F.R.D. 660) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0038.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/19/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 4627] (2007 WL 1266790) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0039.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/30/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Master Full And Final Settlement Agreement Of All Claims (Amended)
EE-KS-0025-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/25/2007
Order of Settlement Agreement Approval (2007 WL 2694029) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/11/2007
Source: Westlaw
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 4704] (2008 WL 5377839) (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0040.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/19/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lungstrum, John Watson (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025-0003 | EE-KS-0025-0006 | EE-KS-0025-0007 | EE-KS-0025-0009 | EE-KS-0025-0010 | EE-KS-0025-0011 | EE-KS-0025-0012 | EE-KS-0025-0013 | EE-KS-0025-0014 | EE-KS-0025-0015 | EE-KS-0025-0017 | EE-KS-0025-0019 | EE-KS-0025-0027 | EE-KS-0025-0028 | EE-KS-0025-0029 | EE-KS-0025-0030 | EE-KS-0025-0032 | EE-KS-0025-0034 | EE-KS-0025-0040 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Waxse, David J. Court not on record
EE-KS-0025-0016 | EE-KS-0025-0018 | EE-KS-0025-0020 | EE-KS-0025-0021 | EE-KS-0025-0022 | EE-KS-0025-0023 | EE-KS-0025-0024 | EE-KS-0025-0025 | EE-KS-0025-0026 | EE-KS-0025-0031 | EE-KS-0025-0033 | EE-KS-0025-0035 | EE-KS-0025-0036 | EE-KS-0025-0037 | EE-KS-0025-0038 | EE-KS-0025-0039 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Monitors/Masters Phillips, John R. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Billips, Matthew C. (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Blakely, Deborah J. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0008 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Braud, Bert S. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0008 | EE-KS-0025-9000
DeFrain, Brian D. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Dennis, Stephen J. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0008 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Egan, Dennis E. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-0008 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Graham, Gene P. Jr. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Hubbard, Dirk L. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0008 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Klamann, John M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-0008 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Martin, Jennifer L. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McCann, Laurie A. (District of Columbia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McClain, Kenneth B. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Meyers, Martin M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-0008 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Molteni, Claudio E. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Arnold , Mark G. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Costello, Robert A. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Dorssom, Kara Marie (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Dupont, Philip R. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Eisenberg, David M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Ferrel, Jill S. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Fort, Sonni L. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Gavin, Patrick M (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Guffey, Joseph H. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Hininger, Greta N. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Howell, Nicole Hininger (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Hughes, Hunter R. III (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Hulla, Patrick F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Hurst, Ashley R. (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Johnson, Robert C. (Wisconsin)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Jones, Michael F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Knittig, Joseph H. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Larson, Kara Dorssom (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McCarthy, Thomas M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McDonald, J. Timothy (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Mew, Thomas Joseph IV (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Miller, Christine F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Monafo, James F. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Newport, Stephany J. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Pace, Chris R. (Kansas)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Rodriguez, Gerard K. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Schatz, David A. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Schenberg, David L. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Seyferth, Paul D. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Smith, John Da Grosa (Georgia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Spicer, Tamara M. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Wilson, Harry B. Jr. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Yates, John J. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-0001 | EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000
Other Lawyers Durbin, James A. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Kohrman, Daniel B. (District of Columbia)
EE-KS-0025-9000
McCue, Andrew H. (Missouri)
EE-KS-0025-9000
Osborne, Thomas W. (District of Columbia)
EE-KS-0025-0002 | EE-KS-0025-9000

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