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Case Name EEOC v. Walgeen Company EE-IL-0257
Docket / Court 07-cv-00172-MJR-CJP ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 7, 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] filed suit against the Walgreen Company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis, pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-5(f)(1) and (3) ... read more >
On March 7, 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] filed suit against the Walgreen Company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis, pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-5(f)(1) and (3) and -6 ["Title VII"] and Section 102 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, 42 U.S.C. § 1981a. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Walgreens engaged in a nationwide pattern and practice of race discrimination in violation of Title VII by (1) making store assignments to African-American management trainees, managers, and pharmacists because of their race and (2) denying promotions to African-American employees in retail and pharmacy career paths because of their race. The EEOC sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

The case was randomly assigned to U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan and Magistrate Judge Clifford J. Proud.

The day after the initiation of the action, Pearle Phillips, an employee of Walgreen, filed a motion to intervene as a party plaintiff.

On March 12, 2007, the EEOC filed a motion to consolidate the case with Tucker v. Walgreen Company, Case No. 05-440-GPM-CJP [EE-IL-258 of this collection], a class-action race discrimination case also pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

On March 26, 2007, the case was reassigned to Chief Judge G. Patrick Murphy.

The motion to consolidate was granted by Judge Murphy on April 23, 2007 and the parties were ordered to file all further pleadings in the Tucker case, Case No. 05-440-GPM-CJP. Judge Murphy also allowed Pearle Phillips to intervene as a party plaintiff.

Eventually, a consent decree paying out $24,407,500 to the settlement class along with other provisions of injunctive relief was the resolution concluding the case. More information can be found in the EE-IL-0258 (Tucker) case.

Dan Dalton - 07/23/2007

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals and Timekeeping
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Race discrimination
Direct Suit on Merits
Disparate Impact
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Walgreen Company
Plaintiff Description All African Americans who are or were employed by Walgreens in any Covered Position, for any length of time, between June 20, 2001, and the Preliminary Approval Date (start and end dates inclusive)
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0258 : Tucker v. Walgreen Company (S.D. Ill.)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 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 ]

3:07-cv-00172-MJR-CJP (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0257-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/25/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiffs' Second Amended Class Action Complaint
EE-IL-0257-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/22/2006
EE-IL-0257-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/07/2007
Motion to Consolidate
EE-IL-0257-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/12/2007
Memorandum and Order Transferring Case to Chief Judge Patrick Murphy for Consolidation with Case Number 05-cv-0440-GPM (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0257-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/26/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Reagan, Michael Joseph (S.D. Ill.)
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baller, Morris J. (California)
Baran, Andrea G. (Kansas)
EE-IL-0257-0001 | EE-IL-0257-0002 | EE-IL-0257-9000
Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)
Coopman, Amy L. (Missouri)
Curtin, Nora E. (Florida)
EE-IL-0257-0001 | EE-IL-0257-0002 | EE-IL-0257-9000
Demchak, Teresa (California)
Favre, JoDee (Illinois)
Foland, W. James (Missouri)
Jaramillo, Joseph E. (California)
Johnson, Robert G. (Missouri)
EE-IL-0257-0001 | EE-IL-0257-0002 | EE-IL-0257-9000
Kamp, Jean P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0257-0001 | EE-IL-0257-0002 | EE-IL-0257-9000
Klosener, Tiffany B (Missouri)
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
Seely, Barbara A. (Missouri)
EE-IL-0257-0001 | EE-IL-0257-0002 | EE-IL-0257-9000
Spriggs, Peter Kent (Florida)
Defendant's Lawyers Hult, Keith C. (Illinois)
King, Allan G. (Texas)
Peters, Thomas R. (Illinois)
Picou, Curtis R. (Illinois)
Ramsey, Amy Schaefer (Illinois)
Ybarra, John A. (Illinois)
Other Lawyers None on record

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