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Case Name Ketchum v. Sunoco Inc. EE-PA-0202
Docket / Court 01-CV-1042 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 2, 2001, African-American Sunoco employees in the Philadelphia area filed a complaint against Sunoco Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) and the ... read more >
On March 2, 2001, African-American Sunoco employees in the Philadelphia area filed a complaint against Sunoco Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. § 1981). The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought damages for opportunities and pay lost due to racial discrimination. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that Sunoco had consistently discriminated against African-American employees in hiring and promotions.

On July 11, 2003, the court (Judge Clifford Scott Green) approved certification of a class consisting of all African-American Sunoco employees employed in the Philadelphia area from January 1, 1996 through the present.

On December 3, 2004, Judge Green granted final approval to a class-wide settlement on behalf of approximately 200 current and former Sunoco employees. Sunoco agreed to pay $3.59 million to the class members along with an additional payment of $260,000 to the named representatives of the class. Individual awards ranged from $2,500 to $75,000. Sunoco further agreed to pay $1.5 million in attorneys' fees and $150,000 in costs. The case is now closed.

David Miller - 04/01/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Sunoco Inc.
Plaintiff Description African-American Sunoco employees, current and former, from 1997-2004.
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
Filed 03/02/2001
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Court Docket(s)
E.D. Pa.
01/17/2006
2:01−cv−01042
EE-PA-0202-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
E.D. Pa.
07/11/2003
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER THAT PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR PARTIAL CLASS CERTIFICATION IS GRANTED (217 F.R.D. 354)
EE-PA-0202-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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E.D. Pa.
10/12/2004
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of their Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement and for Authorization to Disseminate Notice
EE-PA-0202-0001.pdf | Detail
E.D. Pa.
11/24/2004
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF THE PARTIES’ JOINT MOTION FOR: (1) FINAL APPROVAL OF A CLASSWIDE SETTLEMENT; AND (2) ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENTS [ECF# 54]
EE-PA-0202-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Pa.
12/03/2004
ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL TO CLASSWIDE SETTLEMENT [ECF# 60]
EE-PA-0202-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Green, Clifford Scott (E.D. Pa.) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-0002 | EE-PA-0202-0004 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers D'Urso, Martin J. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-0001 | EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Green, Isaac H. Jr. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-0001
Moody, Adrian J. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-0001
Vance, Robert T. Jr. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-0001 | EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Becker, Susan R. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-9000
Connolly, Christin E (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-9000
Kennedy, William K. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Lillie, Charisse R. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-0003 | EE-PA-0202-9000
Rayborn, Maureen M. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0202-9000

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