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Case Name EEOC v. Tanami Trading Corporation (d/b/a Left Lane Express) EE-AR-0047
Docket / Court 5:06-cv-00252-JLH ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2006, the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs sued Tanami Trading Corporation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs ... read more >
On September 29, 2006, the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs sued Tanami Trading Corporation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs asked the court for back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants subjected three Black workers to racially hostile work environments and constructively discharged two of these workers.

Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that managers at Tanami Trading Corporation made graphic racial comments and threats of a racist nature directed towards the three Black employees. The plaintiffs argued that these comments were intentional, and they adversely affected their status as employees.

On June 13, 2008, Judge J. Leon Holmes ordered a consent decree for both injunctive and individual relief. The injunctive relief included a requirement for the defendant to participate in trainings on racial harassment and constructive discharge, a requirement for the defendant to post a notice pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and a requirement for the defendant to report to the Commission on complaints of racial discrimination received. The individual relief requires the defendant to pay $70,000 to be split among the three plaintiffs. No attorney fees were granted. The consent decree's effective period was three years, and there's nothing more on the docket - so presumably the matter ended in 2011.

Daisy Manning - 05/19/2008
Gabriela Hybel - 10/16/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Tanami Trading Corporation
Tanami Trading Corporation
Tanami Trading Corporation
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  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)
5:06-cv-00252-JLH (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0047-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/13/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-AR-0047-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/29/2006
Consent Decree [ECF# 31] (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0047-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/13/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Forster, John F. Jr. (E.D. Ark.) [Magistrate]
EE-AR-0047-0002 | EE-AR-0047-9000
Holmes, James Leon Court not on record
EE-AR-0047-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beck, Terry (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0047-9000
Cash, William A. Jr. (Arkansas)
EE-AR-0047-0002 | EE-AR-0047-9000
Tuggle, Darin B. (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0047-0002 | EE-AR-0047-9000
Williams, Faye A. (Tennessee)
EE-AR-0047-0002 | EE-AR-0047-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bynum, F. Wilson Jr. (Alaska)
EE-AR-0047-0002 | EE-AR-0047-9000

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