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Case Name United States v. Michigan Department of Corrections EE-MI-0199
Docket / Court 2:16-cv-12146-PDB-MKM ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division filed this lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) on June 13, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The action proceeded under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000 et. seq., alleging policies and ... read more >
The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division filed this lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) on June 13, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The action proceeded under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000 et. seq., alleging policies and practices that discriminated on the basis of sex.

In 2009, MDOC allocated certain officer positions in its female correctional facilities as female-only assignments, such as Food Service Officer, Yard Control Officer, Property Room Officer, and Electronic Monitor Officer. MDOC instituted a freeze on all transfers out of female correctional facilities. MDOC denied female officers' transfer requests, while allowing male officers to move between facilities.

In the complaint and the amended complaint, filed July 27, 2016, the DOJ alleged that MDOC policies denied female employees the opportunities provided to men and were required to work overtime at the expense of their health. DOJ sought monetary damages and an order to enjoin the defendants from further discrimination in job assignments based on sex and in the grant of transfer requests. The complaint also sought to compel the state to develop and implement appropriate and effective measures to prevent discrimination, such as policies, procedures and training for employees.

On October 4, 2016, the parties jointly filed for a discovery plan. District Judge Paul D. Borman ordered fact discovery due on July 17, 2017.

As of February 2, 2017, the case is ongoing.

Susie Choi - 02/02/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Michigan Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
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
Date: Oct. 14, 2016
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
Date: Apr. 1, 2001
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:16-cv-12146-PDB-MKM (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0199-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/01/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-MI-0199-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/13/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [ECF# 6]
EE-MI-0199-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/27/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Borman, Paul D. (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0199-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Edwards, Lisa Wilson (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002 | EE-MI-0199-9000
Geller, Clare F (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002
Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002
Karpinen, Sarah Pring (Michigan)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002 | EE-MI-0199-9000
Kennebrew, Delora L. (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002
McQuade, Barbara L. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002
Said, Nadia E. (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0199-9000
Wilgus Null, Taryn C. (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002 | EE-MI-0199-9000
Wong, Carol A (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0199-0001 | EE-MI-0199-0002 | EE-MI-0199-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Miller, Jeanmarie (Michigan)
EE-MI-0199-9000
Other Lawyers Majzoub, Mona K. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0199-9000

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