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Case Name Bush v. Ruth's Chris Steak House EE-DC-0071
Docket / Court 1:10-cv-01721 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
This class action involving women formerly employed at Ruth's Chris Steak House was filed on October 8, 2010, in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs claimed that defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against female ... read more >
This class action involving women formerly employed at Ruth's Chris Steak House was filed on October 8, 2010, in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs claimed that defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against female employees, thereby violating federal and state antidiscrimination law. The plaintiffs exhausted their administrative remedies through the EEOC and were issued Right to Sue notices prior to filing.

The complaint alleged that defendants developed a culture that is demeaning and hostile towards women and engages in a pattern and practice of discrimination against female employees. Specifically, plaintiffs allege that defendants discriminated against women and favored men with comparably less qualifications in terms of compensation and promotion; that female employees were faced with "glass ceilings" and "glass walls," in which plaintiffs were segregated into less lucrative and prestigious departments within the company; that defendants' senior management failed to monitor the company's promotion and compensation practices, which subjected plaintiffs to ongoing harm; that female employees were subjected to sexually hostile and demeaning treatment, including unwelcome sexually charged commentary and physical touching; that the company imposes harsher discipline for female employees; that female employees have been terminated from the company for conduct which when engaged in by males, does not result in termination; that defendants engaged in retaliation against plaintiffs; that defendants treated pregnant employees adversely; and that older female employees were terminated and replaced with younger female employees.

The requested relief included compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief. Specifically, plaintiffs seek an injunction requiring the adoption of appropriate policies and programs consistent with defendants' legal obligations to operate a work environment free from sex discrimination. Plaintiffs also seek back pay, front pay, benefits, pre and post judgment interest, as well as attorneys fees and costs.

The docket shows parties engaged in extensive discovery process. After filing several sealed documents with the court on July 17, 2013, the parties stipulated to dismiss the case with prejudice. This request was granted by the court on October 9, 2013.

Alice Liu - 10/10/2012
Sihang Zhang - 11/08/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Testing
Training
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are former female employees of Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit
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By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Age Discrimination Class Action seeks Fair Employment for Older PwC Applicants
http://www.pwcagecase.com/
Date: Apr. 27, 2016
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Smith Barney Gender Discrimination
https://www.lieffcabraser.com/employment/smith-barney/
Date: August 2008
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar. 1, 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)
1:10−cv−01721 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0071-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/09/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-DC-0071-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/08/2010
Order Granting Motion to Amend [ECF# 37] (277 F.R.D. 214) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0071-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/12/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Class Action Complaint [ECF# 38]
EE-DC-0071-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/12/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Scheduling and Class Certification Discovery Order [ECF# 52] (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0071-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/19/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Class Action Complaint [ECF# 56]
EE-DC-0071-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/26/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Granting in Part and Denying in Part the Plaintiff's Motion to Compel [ECF# 67] (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0071-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/18/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Rothstein, Barbara Jacobs (W.D. Wash.)
EE-DC-0071-0003 | EE-DC-0071-0005 | EE-DC-0071-0006 | EE-DC-0071-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Byrd, Janell M. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0071-0001 | EE-DC-0071-0002 | EE-DC-0071-0004 | EE-DC-0071-9000
Davis, Danielle (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0071-0001 | EE-DC-0071-0002 | EE-DC-0071-9000
Gold, Andrea R. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0071-0001 | EE-DC-0071-0002 | EE-DC-0071-0004 | EE-DC-0071-9000
Lieder, Michael D. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0071-9000
Mehri, Cyrus (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0071-0001 | EE-DC-0071-0002 | EE-DC-0071-0004 | EE-DC-0071-9000
Wilgus Null, Taryn C. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0071-0004 | EE-DC-0071-9000
Zavareei, Hassan A. (District of Columbia)
EE-DC-0071-0001 | EE-DC-0071-0002 | EE-DC-0071-0004 | EE-DC-0071-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Casey, Thomas A. (Louisiana)
EE-DC-0071-9000
Chess, Laurie M. (Florida)
EE-DC-0071-9000
Kern, Tracy E (Louisiana)
EE-DC-0071-9000
Theard, David K. (Louisiana)
EE-DC-0071-9000
Tyler, Richard John (Louisiana)
EE-DC-0071-9000

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