Case: United States of America v. Tennessee Department of Transportation

3:00-cv-00735 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Filed Date: Aug. 3, 2000

Closed Date: 2000

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Case Summary

On August 3, 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the Tennessee Department of Transportation ("TDOT") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The D.O.J. asked the court to order the defendant to comply with the provisions of Title VII by ensuring that the application and selection processes for Highway Maintenance Workers and Transportation Assistants is fair open and competitive for both men and women. The D.O.J. also …

On August 3, 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the Tennessee Department of Transportation ("TDOT") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The D.O.J. asked the court to order the defendant to comply with the provisions of Title VII by ensuring that the application and selection processes for Highway Maintenance Workers and Transportation Assistants is fair open and competitive for both men and women. The D.O.J. also requested that the defendant be ordered to give its employees regular training regarding gender equality, and that the court order the defendant to refrain from any activity that discriminates against a female employee or any retaliatory activity against a person who has lodged a complaint about discriminatory practices.

The D.O.J. alleged that in TDOT, women are not represented equally in the applicant pool nor in the number of employees. The D.O.J. also alleged that the recruitment methods used by TDOT lead to a primarily male applicant pool.

On August 14, 2000, the district court (Judge Todd Campbell) approved an agreement between both parties. In the agreement, the defendant agreed to create a recruitment plan that would be targeted at hiring more female workers. This recruitment plan would include using media outlets, such as radio and television, to advertise these positions. The agreement also said that the defendant, within one year of the agreement, would have at least 25% female representation in TDOT.

This case is closed and we have no further information.

Summary Authors

Janani Iyengar (11/16/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Campbell, Todd J. (Tennessee)

Knowles, E. Clifton (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Gregory, Claire L. (District of Columbia)

Johnson, Michael W. (District of Columbia)

Martin, Marybeth (District of Columbia)

Waterhouse, Rachel L (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Steiling, Kevin Gene (Tennessee)

Judge(s)

Campbell, Todd J. (Tennessee)

Knowles, E. Clifton (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Gregory, Claire L. (District of Columbia)

Johnson, Michael W. (District of Columbia)

Martin, Marybeth (District of Columbia)

Waterhouse, Rachel L (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Steiling, Kevin Gene (Tennessee)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

United States v. Tennessee Department of Transportation

Aug. 14, 2000 Docket
1

Complaint

United States v. Tennessee Department of Transportation

Aug. 3, 2000 Complaint
5

Agreement

United States v. Tennessee Department of Transportation

Aug. 14, 2000 Settlement Agreement

Docket

Last updated May 13, 2022

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Tennessee

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 3, 2000

Closing Date: 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of female employees, applicants, and potential female employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

State of Tennessee, State

Defendant Type(s):

Transportation

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female