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Case Name Holloway v. Best Buy Co. EE-CA-0307
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-05056 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On December 8, 2005, six employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Best Buy Co., Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and California Government Code § 12940 et seq. in the United States District Court for the ... read more >
On December 8, 2005, six employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Best Buy Co., Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and California Government Code § 12940 et seq. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged gender and racial discrimination, and they asked the court for injunctive and declaratory relief, punitive damages, back pay and front pay. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that Best Buy had discriminated against women and minority individuals - Latinos and African Americans - on the basis of gender, race, color, and/or national origin with respect to recruitment, hiring, job assignments, transfers, promotions, compensation, allocation of weekly hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. Further, plaintiffs alleged that Best Buy operated through a corporate culture of racial and gender stereotypes and enforced a nationwide corporate policy of preferring white male employees.

On January 6, 2009, the plaintiffs filed their Third Amended Class Action Complaint against all of the defendants. Subsequently, there were many administrative tasks and declarations in support of class action certification.

On June 17, 2011, the parties submitted a proposed consent decree. The consent decree awarded $200,000 to the named parties and required the defendant to implement neutral hiring, training, and promotion procedures, perform manager assessments, institute a complaint and dispute resolution process, and undergo monitoring. On August 17, 2011, the plaintiffs moved for attorney fees and reimbursement of costs and expenses in the amount of $9,999,999. The court approved both on November 9, 2011. The court retained jurisdiction to enforce the consent decree for four years.

Emily Kuznick - 04/07/2008
Katherine Reineck - 02/21/2016

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
Disparate Treatment
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Best Buy Co.
Plaintiff Description Women, Latinos and African Americans employed by Best Buy.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2011 - 2015
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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 ]

3:05-cv-05056-PJH (N.D. Cal.) 12/08/2015
EE-CA-0307-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Answer to Complaint 03/10/2008
EE-CA-0307-0002.pdf | Detail
Third Amended Complaint 01/06/2009 (2009 WL 3662370)
EE-CA-0307-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Staying Ruling on Class Certification Motion) 03/09/2010 (2010 WL 816630 / 2010 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 26841) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0307-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Consent Decree 06/17/2011 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0307-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Proposed Order Granting Attorney Fees 08/07/2011
EE-CA-0307-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hamilton, Phyllis Jean (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0307-0005 | EE-CA-0307-9000
James, Maria-Elena (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
Monitors/Masters Teng, Sarinya S. (California)
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brayton, Clint J. (California)
Cervantez, Eve Hedy (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Cheng, Vincent (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Crook, Jamie Lorraine (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Dermody, Kelly M. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0006 | EE-CA-0307-0007 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Finberg, James M. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-0006 | EE-CA-0307-0007 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Hutchinson, Daniel M. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Jongco, Angelica Kristen (California)
Konecky, Joshua Geoffrey (California)
Lee, Bill Lann (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-0006 | EE-CA-0307-0007 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Nako, Lindsay Elizabeth (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Park, Nancy Jinsun (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Pollock, Katherine Marie (California)
Roberson, Camilla Louisa (California)
Schneider, Todd Michael (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-0006 | EE-CA-0307-0007 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Sunshine, Naomi Briana (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Wallace, Guy B. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Wasow, Nina (California)
Williams, Barbra Lynne (California)
EE-CA-0307-0001 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Willson, W.H. Hank IV (California)
Wiltsek, Gena E. (New York)
Defendant's Lawyers Baltodano, Hernaldo J. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Biejo, Rebecka M. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Black, Richard W. (District of Columbia)
Evans, Paul C. (Pennsylvania)
Heller, Lisa L (Georgia)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Hinton, Robert Frank (California)
Kaewdaunglek, Sarinya (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Loh, Vincent Sean Yuen (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Martinez, David (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Riechert, Melinda S. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Robinson, Blair J. (Pennsylvania)
Silberfeld, Roman M. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-0006 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Stohner, George Alan (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-0006 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Weiss, Benjamin M. (California)
EE-CA-0307-0002 | EE-CA-0307-9000
Other Lawyers Allison, James Growdon (District of Columbia)

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