Case: Jennings v. Regents of the University of California

98-807233 | California state trial court

Filed Date: Dec. 23, 1998

Closed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

On December 23, 1998, former and current employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the University of California filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against the Regents of the University of California alleging violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California Equal Pay Act, and the California Unfair Competition Law. The Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel asked the court for equitable, declaratory, and compensatory relief, claiming…

On December 23, 1998, former and current employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the University of California filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against the Regents of the University of California alleging violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California Equal Pay Act, and the California Unfair Competition Law. The Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel asked the court for equitable, declaratory, and compensatory relief, claiming that they had been discriminated against because of their sex. Specifically, Plaintiffs alleged disparate pay and promotions because of their sex.

On January 22, 2001, the Court granted Plaintiffs' motion for class certification. The class consisted of "all current, former, and future female employees at [the Lab] employed in the 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 salary series on or after October 1, 1988 to the present who are, have been, or may in the future be adversely affected by discrimination based on gender in rate of pay and promotional opportunities."

The parties settled the lawsuit in November 2003. The settlement calls for payment of $9.7 million to members of the class, as well as more than $8 million in attorneys' fees and costs. Further, Plaintiffs attained injunctive relief relating to promotions, training, compensation, performance reviews, and reporting and record-keeping. The settlement agreement remained in effect until September 30, 2007.

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Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Sturdevant, James C. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Boddy, James E. Jr. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Sturdevant, James C. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Boddy, James E. Jr. (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

807233-1

Settlement Agreement

Nov. 19, 2003

Nov. 19, 2003

Settlement Agreement

Press Release

Nov. 19, 2003

Nov. 19, 2003

Press Release

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 23, 1998

Closing Date: 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Female employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the University of California

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Regents of the University of California (Alameda), State

Defendant Type(s):

College/University

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

Availably Documents:

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Unknown

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: $18 million

Order Duration: 2003 - 2007

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Promotion

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

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

Pay / Benefits

Promotion

Seniority

Training

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female