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Case Name Kennicott v. Sandia Corporation EE-NM-0065
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00188-JB-GJF ( D.N.M. )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization Outten & Golden
Case Summary
On February 7, 2017, three current and former female employees of Sandia Corporation filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. The plaintiffs sued Sandia Corporation, a federally-funded nuclear weapons research and development contractor, ... read more >
On February 7, 2017, three current and former female employees of Sandia Corporation filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. The plaintiffs sued Sandia Corporation, a federally-funded nuclear weapons research and development contractor, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New Mexico Human Rights Act, and the New Mexico Fair Pay for Women Act. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief and damages. The plaintiffs alleged that Sandia’s company-wide policies and practices disadvantage female employees in performance evaluations, pay, and promotions. Specifically, all named plaintiffs allege receiving less pay than comparable male coworkers as a result of these policies, as well as not receiving promotions for which they were eligible and qualified. One of the named plaintiffs raised concerns about the treatment of women at Sandia, and alleges that she suffered retaliation as a result.

The defendant moved to dismiss plaintiff’s state law claims on March 17, 2017. Because the named plaintiffs worked for Sandia National Laboratories at its corporate headquarters on the Kirtland Airforce Base, which is a federal enclave, the defendants claimed the federal enclave doctrine precluded plaintiff’s state law claims. In response, plaintiffs moved for jurisdictional discovery on March 31, 2017.

On June 12, 2017, District Judge James O. Browning conducted a telephonic motion hearing regarding defendant’s motion to dismiss state law claims and plaintiff’s motion for jurisdictional discovery. Judge Browning has not issued an order regarding either of these motions, but discovery is ongoing and a motion hearing regarding defendant’s motion to dismiss was scheduled for January 19, 2018.

Sarah McDonald - 01/19/2018


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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Sandia Corporation
Plaintiff Description Three current and former female employees of Sandia Corporation, seeking to represent a class of similarly situated current and former female employees employed by Sandia in the United States.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Outten & Golden
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:17-cv-00188 (D.N.M.)
EE-NM-0065-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/02/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-NM-0065-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/07/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bentley, Cheryl-Lyn (New York)
EE-NM-0065-9000
Chan, Lin Yee (California)
EE-NM-0065-0001 | EE-NM-0065-9000
Dermody, Kelly M. (California)
EE-NM-0065-0001 | EE-NM-0065-9000
Klein, Adam T. (New York)
EE-NM-0065-0001 | EE-NM-0065-9000
Levin-Gesundheit, Michael (California)
EE-NM-0065-0001 | EE-NM-0065-9000
Lopez, David (District of Columbia)
EE-NM-0065-0001 | EE-NM-0065-9000
Shaver, Anne B. (California)
EE-NM-0065-0001 | EE-NM-0065-9000
Stork, Elizabeth V. (New York)
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Zegeye, Tiseme Gabriella (California)
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Defendant's Lawyers Burkhardt, Michael S. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NM-0065-9000
Gordon, Scott D. (New Mexico)
EE-NM-0065-9000
Katzenstein, Krissy A. (District of Columbia)
EE-NM-0065-9000
Latimer, Stephanie (New Mexico)
EE-NM-0065-9000
Lowry, Jeffrey L. (New Mexico)
EE-NM-0065-9000
Parrish, Theresa W. (New Mexico)
EE-NM-0065-9000
Speights, Grace E (District of Columbia)
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