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Case Name Wooten v. Dillard's Inc. EE-MO-0112
Docket / Court 4:99-cv-00990 ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On October 13, 1999, a group of African American employees filed a claim under 42 U.S.C. §1981 and 42 U.S.C. §2000 against Dillard's, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, then filed First and ... read more >
On October 13, 1999, a group of African American employees filed a claim under 42 U.S.C. §1981 and 42 U.S.C. §2000 against Dillard's, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, then filed First and Second Amended Class Action Complaints on February 3, 2000, and June 1, 2000, respectively. They sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief, claiming that the defendant discriminated against African American employees in compensation, promotions, training, job requirements, and other terms and conditions of employment. Plaintiffs also claimed to have been subject to hostile work environments and were retaliated against for asserting their civil rights.

On July 7, 2001, the parties filed a Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement. On July 17, 2001, the Court (Hon. Ortrie D. Smith) responded with an order expressing preliminary views of the parties' settlement agreement, but granted preliminary approval of the Class Action Settlement on July 31, 2001.

On December 7, 2001, the Court issued a Conditional Final Order Approving the Settlement contingent upon the parties' revising the terms concerning the amount of monetary relief awarded to the Class Representatives. After further negotiation, on January 16, 2002, the court granted final approval of the settlement and dismissed the case with prejudice. Plaintiffs were awarded monetary relief and injunctive relief, with awards totaling $5,600,000, and the enforcement of promulgating and publishing Equal Employment Opportunity policies, implementing a new complaint and dispute resolution process, and making job opportunities available to all interested individuals.

Katrina Campos - 07/15/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Utilize objective job description
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Dillard's Department Stores, Inc.
Plaintiff Description African American former and current employees of Dillard's who were victims of racial discrimination in compensation, promotions, training, job requirements, hostile work environments, and retaliation against for asserting their civil rights.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
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 ]

Docket(s)
4:99−cv−00990 (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/20/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-MO-0112-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/13/1999
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint-Class Action [ECF# 20]
EE-MO-0112-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/03/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Class Action Complaint [ECF# 90]
EE-MO-0112-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/01/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Expressing the Court's Preliminary Views of the Parties' Settlement Agreement [ECF# 138] (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/17/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Preliminarily Approving Class Action Settlement [ECF# 141] (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-0005.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 07/31/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Pending Motions Without Prejudice in Light of Pending Settlement [ECF# 142] (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/21/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Conditional Final Order Approving Settlement [ECF# 147] (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/07/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Order Approving Settlement Agreement and Dismissing Case With Prejudice [ECF# 153] (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/16/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Approving Second Distribution to Class Members [ECF# 155] (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/17/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Approving Final Accounting and Closing Settlement Administration [ECF# 157] (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0112-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/20/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Smith, Ortrie D. Court not on record
EE-MO-0112-0004 | EE-MO-0112-0005 | EE-MO-0112-0006 | EE-MO-0112-0007 | EE-MO-0112-0008 | EE-MO-0112-0009 | EE-MO-0112-0010 | EE-MO-0112-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bough, Stephen Rogers (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-0001 | EE-MO-0112-0002 | EE-MO-0112-0003 | EE-MO-0112-9000
Braud, Bert S. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-0001 | EE-MO-0112-0002 | EE-MO-0112-0003 | EE-MO-0112-9000
Craig, Daniel W. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-9000
Egan, Dennis E. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-0001 | EE-MO-0112-0002 | EE-MO-0112-0003 | EE-MO-0112-9000
Fletcher, Michael Robert (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-0001 | EE-MO-0112-0002 | EE-MO-0112-0003 | EE-MO-0112-9000
Hubbard, Dirk L. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-0001 | EE-MO-0112-0002 | EE-MO-0112-0003 | EE-MO-0112-9000
Klamann, John M. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-0001 | EE-MO-0112-0002 | EE-MO-0112-0003 | EE-MO-0112-9000
Margolin, James S. (Kansas)
EE-MO-0112-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Burke, Michael P. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-9000
Jess, Mark A. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-9000
McCreary, Lynn S. (Wisconsin)
EE-MO-0112-9000
Morgan, Jeremiah J. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-9000
Thum, Terence J. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-9000
Weiss, Charles A. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-9000
Yates, John J. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0112-9000

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