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Case Name Tucker v. Walgreen Company EE-IL-0258
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00440-GPM-CJP ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On June 20, 2005, several African American employees filed a putative class action racial discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the Walgreen Company [Walgreens], in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis, pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights ... read more >
On June 20, 2005, several African American employees filed a putative class action racial discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the Walgreen Company [Walgreens], 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, ["Title VII"] and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs alleged that Walgreens practiced nationwide systemic racial discrimination against its African-American management employees by: (1) denying African-Americans selection for entry level positions of Assistant Manager/Management Trainees; (2) denying promotions to African-American employees in retail and pharmacy career paths, and in district and corporate management; and (3) making store assignments to African-American management trainees, managers, and pharmacists by steering them into stores which fall into predominately African-American and/or lower income peer groups.

The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, and compensatory and punitive damages. The plaintiffs also sought class certification on behalf of all former, current, and future African-American management employees and applicants for management nationwide, as well as for current and former African-American pharmacists.

On September 22, 2006, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint, over defendant's objection. The defendant then moved to dismiss the plaintiffs' disparate impact claims and certain claims of a named plaintiff.

On December 4, 2006, following a hearing, the District Court (Judge G. Patrick Murphy) denied Walgreens' motion to dismiss.

At the request of the parties and the mediator Mr. Hunter Hughes, the District Court (Judge Murphy) issued a stay of the action for 60 days so that settlement negotiations could continue. The Stay was lifted on March 7, 2007 by Judge Murphy and the case was reset for a status conference on April 23, 2007.

Also on March 7, 2007, the EEOC filed a separate racial discrimination lawsuit against Walgreens in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. That case was styled EEOC v. Walgreen Company, 07-cv-00172-MJR-CJP [EE-IL-257 in the Clearinghouse -- linked under "related cases"]. On March 12, 2007, the EEOC filed a motion to consolidate the EEOC case with the Tucker v. Walgreen Company case.

The motion to consolidate was granted by Judge Murphy on April 23, 2007 and the parties to both cases were ordered to file all further pleadings in the Tucker case, Case No. 05-440-GPM-CJP. Judge Murphy also allowed another individual to intervene as a party plaintiff. She filed her Complaint in Intervention on April 26, 2007.

The District Court conditionally certified the Settlement Class on October 5, 2007 as "All African Americans who are or were employed by Walgreens in a Management Trainee, Executive Assistant Manager, Store Manager, Pharmacist, or Pharmacy Manager position for any length of time between June 20, 2001, and the Preliminary Approval Date."

On March 24, 2008, Judge Murphy approved a consent decree pursuant to which a settlement fund of $24,407,500 was established to be distributed among class members, representatives and to cover attorney fees and expenses. Additionally, the consent decree called for injunctive relief in the form of requiring Walgreen to abide by all applicable laws, to retain consultants to review its employment processes, to establish Promotional Benchmarks for the selection of African Americans, and to create a non-discrimination training program to all employees in relevant positions. The decree was scheduled to last (and be enforceable) for 5 years.

On Sept 21, 2011, Judge Murphy approved the parties' agreement that Walgreens reimburse the now closed Qualified Settlement Fund by making direct payments to the late-appearing class members whose shares were not paid previously because said class members did not surface until after the disbursement of the settlement funds.

There are no further docket entries. So presumably, the case closed as scheduled in 2013, five years after entry of the consent decree.

David Miller - 04/28/2010
Sichun Liu - 02/01/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Promotion
Recordkeeping
Training
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit
General
Disparate Impact
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
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
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2013
Filing Year 2005
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0257 : EEOC v. Walgeen Company (S.D. Ill.)
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Docket(s)
3:05-cv-00440-GPM-CJP (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0258-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/21/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Responses to Plaintiffs’ First Request for Production of Documents
EE-IL-0258-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/28/2005
Statistical Analysis of Gender Patterns in Wal-Mart Workforce (by Richard Drogin, Ph. D.) [ECF# 37-13]
EE-IL-0258-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/28/2005
Declaration of Marc Bendick, Jr., Ph.D. [ECF# 37-16]
EE-IL-0258-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/28/2005
Supplementary Declaration of Marc Bendick, Jr., Ph.D. [ECF# 48-3]
EE-IL-0258-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/12/2005
Second Amended Complaint
EE-IL-0258-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/22/2006
Complaint in Intervention [ECF# 112-1]
EE-IL-0258-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2007
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 125] (2007 WL 2915578) (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0258-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/05/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 136]
EE-IL-0258-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/24/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion For Entry Of Order Necessary to Implement Relief Under Consent Decree [ECF# 138]
EE-IL-0258-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/11/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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