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Case Name Houston v. Cintas Corporation EE-CA-0308
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-03145 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On August 3, 2005, two employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Cintas Corporation, under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and under the California Unfair Business Practices Act, Business and Professions Code § 17200 et seq., in the United States District Court for the Northern District ... read more >
On August 3, 2005, two employees filed a class action complaint against their employer, Cintas Corporation, under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and under the California Unfair Business Practices Act, Business and Professions Code § 17200 et seq., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged racial discrimination. They asked the court for declaratory, injunctive, and equitable monetary relief, as well as compensatory and punitive damages, equitable remedies of accounting, restitution and disgorgement, and an award of costs, expenses, and attorneys' fees. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that Cintas had engaged in a company-wide pattern and practice of employment discrimination, both intentional and systemic, on the basis of race, against them and a class of similarly situated African-American employees, former employees, and applicants who sought management positions in Cintas' Rental Division. The alleged discriminatory practices included discrimination in hiring, promotion, and compensation for management positions on a class-wide basis.

On August 31, 2005, the court officially consolidated the case with Ramirez et al v. Cintas Corporation, a related case also in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in which the plaintiffs filed their fourth amended complaint on August 3, 2005.

On December 29, 2005, arbitration began following the court's order. On August 16, 2006, the Arbitrator found that the arbitration agreements permitted class arbitration. On November 22, 2006, the court (Judge Jeffrey S. White) denied Cintas' petition and motion to vacate the arbitration award, and ordered the parties to submit joint status reports. Ramirez v. Cintas Corporation, 2006 WL 3388628, (N.D. Cal. 2006).

Both parties continued to submit joint status reports following an court order on May 24, 2006.

Emily Kuznick - 04/10/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Cintas Corporation
Plaintiff Description African American employees
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Unknown
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Filing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-CA-0190 : Ramirez v. Cintas Corporation (N.D. Cal.)
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Docket(s)
3:05-cv-03145-JSW (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/28/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1-2]
EE-CA-0308-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/03/2005
Order Relating Cases [ECF# 126] (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer to Complaint (2005 WL 3606752)
EE-CA-0308-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/28/2005
Source: Westlaw
Order (Denying Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award) (2006 WL 3388628) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/22/2006
Status Report
EE-CA-0308-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/22/2008
Order (Granting Unopposed Motion for Approval of Dismissal, without Prejudice and without Notice) [ECF# 38] (2009 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 33704) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0006.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/03/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation of Dismissal of Plaintiffs' Remaining Claims with Prejudice & Order [ECF# 254] (2010 WL 1221558) (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0308-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/28/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges White, Jeffrey Steven (N.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Baller, Morris J. (California) show/hide docs
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Eberle, Betty (Wisconsin) show/hide docs
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Entin, Scott A. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Jaramillo, Joseph E. (California) show/hide docs
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Legenza, Sharon K. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Libman, Robert S (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Maldonado, Nancy L. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Mills, Heather Marie (California) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Abell, Nancy L. (California) show/hide docs
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Atkinson, Mark W. (California) show/hide docs
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Baca, Elena (California) show/hide docs
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Deng, Joseph W. (California) show/hide docs
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Geier, Jon A. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Morgan, Heather A. (California) show/hide docs
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O'Neill, Maureen (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Rowe, Rachael (Ohio) show/hide docs
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