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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 for the District of Columbia. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs claimed that defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against ... 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 for the 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 laws. 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 engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against female employees. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that defendants discriminated against women and favored men with comparably fewer qualifications in terms of compensation and promotion; that female employees were faced with "glass ceilings" and "glass walls," under 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 imposed harsher discipline for female employees; that female employees were terminated from the company for conduct that did not result in termination when engaged in by males; 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, the plaintiffs sought an injunction requiring the adoption of appropriate policies and programs consistent with the defendants' legal obligations to operate a work environment free from sex discrimination. The plaintiffs also sought back pay, front pay, benefits, pre- and post-judgment interest, as well as attorneys' fees and costs.

The docket shows that 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
Eva Richardson - 12/02/2018


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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 Anti-Discrimination Law
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 No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Filing Year 2010
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
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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]
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Judges Rothstein, Barbara Jacobs (W.D. Wash.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Byrd, Janell M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Davis, Danielle (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Gold, Andrea R. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Lieder, Michael D. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Mehri, Cyrus (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Wilgus Null, Taryn C. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Zavareei, Hassan A. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Casey, Thomas A. (Louisiana) show/hide docs
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Kern, Tracy E (Louisiana) show/hide docs
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