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Case Name Wade v. Kroger Co. EE-KY-0036
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00699 ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On November 29, 2001, five black individuals filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Louisville) alleging that their employer, the Kroger Co. discriminated against them on account of their race in violation of Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
On November 29, 2001, five black individuals filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Louisville) alleging that their employer, the Kroger Co. discriminated against them on account of their race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C § 1981.

On June 24, 2008, Justice Thomas B. Russell of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Louisville) signed a consent decree, certifying a class defined as all part-time and full-time African-American employees in Kroger Banner stores in all hourly positions and store managerial salaried positions, from manager trainee up through and including zone managers, who were employed at any time from November 29, 1997 until the date of the preliminary approval of the consent decree (6/17/2008). This group included over 340,000 individuals.

In the settlement, Kroger agreed to pay $16 million into a fund to be dispersed to class members as compensatory damages for their lost wages (with interest) based on their length of employment. The consent decree further required Kroger to monitor the hourly starting pay and adjustments managers may make for "experience credits." Additionally, Kroger agreed to provide promotion and salary data to the plaintiffs' attorneys annually to ensure the starting pay is "objective and non-discriminatory".

The Judge granted preliminary approval of the settlement and class on June 24, 2008. On October 27, 2008, the Court conducted a Fairness Hearing on the proposed Settlement. On November 20, the Court determined that the settlement agreement entered into by the parties was fair, reasonable, and adequate.

In March of 2012, the Court ordered that the Consent Decree be officially terminated, with an effective date of 2011.

The case is now closed.

David Miller - 04/14/2010
Michael Beech - 03/09/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Content of Injunction
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
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) Kroger Company
Plaintiff Description All part and full time African American employees in Kroger Banner stores in all hourly positions as well as store managerial salaried positions from manager trainee to zone managers who were employed from 11/29/1997 to 6/17/2008
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2011
Filing Year 2001
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
3:01−cv−00699 (W.D. Ky.)
EE-KY-0036-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/28/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree [ECF# 162]
EE-KY-0036-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion Approving Settlement [ECF# 202] (2008 WL 4999171) (W.D. Ky.)
EE-KY-0036-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/20/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Adopting Magistrate rec. Terminating Consent Decree and Referenced Recommendation [ECF# 212] (W.D. Ky.)
EE-KY-0036-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/06/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Moyer, James D. (W.D. Ky.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Russell, Thomas B. (FISC, W.D. Ky.) show/hide docs
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