Case: EEOC v. BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS

4:05-cv-00207 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Filed Date: Sept. 29, 2005

Closed Date: Aug. 25, 2006

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Case Summary

The Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Geogia, against BellSouth Telecommunications, a national telephone and internet provider. The complaint filed in September 2005 alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, BellSouth failed to promote the plaintiff to sales coach despite her tenure, experience and proven performance, and instead, promoted less qualified non…

The Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Geogia, against BellSouth Telecommunications, a national telephone and internet provider. The complaint filed in September 2005 alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, BellSouth failed to promote the plaintiff to sales coach despite her tenure, experience and proven performance, and instead, promoted less qualified non-black employees. In August 2006, the parties settled and a consent decree was filed.

The Consent Decree was valid for 18 months and included (1) a non-retaliation provision; (2) a provision requiring that Defendant hold at least one Title VII training session for managers and supervisors; (3) a provision regularly requiring Defendant to certify whether any African American employees had complained to management about denial of a promotion because of race and (4) a provision requiring the Defendant to post a notice containing information about federal anti-discrimination law. Additionally, Defendant paid the charging party $26,700. The docket sheet doesn't show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Summary Authors

Elizabeth Glassman (5/31/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:05-cv-00207

Docket (PACER)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. BellSouth Telecommunications

Aug. 25, 2006

Aug. 25, 2006

Docket
1

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Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. BellSouth Telecommunications

Sept. 29, 2005

Sept. 29, 2005

Complaint
18

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Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. BellSouth Telecommunications

Aug. 22, 2006

Aug. 22, 2006

Settlement Agreement
18

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Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. BellSouth Telecommunications

Aug. 25, 2006

Aug. 25, 2006

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 2, 2022, 3:13 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT with Jury Demand filed by pla Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(jta) Please visit our website at http://www.gand.uscourts.gov to obtain Pretrial Instructions. (Entered: 09/29/2005)

Sept. 29, 2005

Sept. 29, 2005

2

ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand by BellSouth Telecommunications. Discovery ends on 5/5/2006.(Snipe, Sheldon) Please visit our website at http://www.gand.uscourts.gov to obtain Pretrial Instructions. Modified on 12/7/2005 to add Jury Demand(jta). (Entered: 12/06/2005)

Dec. 6, 2005

Dec. 6, 2005

3

NOTICE of Appearance by S. Robert Royal on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Royal, S.) (Entered: 12/20/2005)

Dec. 20, 2005

Dec. 20, 2005

4

Joint PRELIMINARY REPORT AND DISCOVERY SCHEDULE filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, BellSouth Telecommunications. (Snipe, Sheldon) (Entered: 01/17/2006)

Jan. 17, 2006

Jan. 17, 2006

5

SCHEDULING ORDER: Discovery ends on 5/5/2006. Motions under Local Rule 7.1 (A)(2) including motions to amend pleadings must be filed no later than 2/6/06. Motions for summary judgment due by 5/25/2006. Proposed Pretrial Order due by 6/5/2006 or within 30 days from a final ruling on any motion for summary judgment that is not dispostive of all claims. Signed by Judge Walter E. Johnson on 1/23/06. (klb) (Entered: 01/23/2006)

Jan. 23, 2006

Jan. 23, 2006

6

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE for Defendant's Interrogatories to Plaintiff by BellSouth Telecommunications.(Snipe, Sheldon) (Entered: 02/13/2006)

Feb. 13, 2006

Feb. 13, 2006

7

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE for Defendant's First Requests for Production of Documents by BellSouth Telecommunications.(Snipe, Sheldon) (Entered: 02/13/2006)

Feb. 13, 2006

Feb. 13, 2006

8

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE for Notice of Taking Deposition of Pascha Burge by BellSouth Telecommunications.(Snipe, Sheldon) (Entered: 04/11/2006)

April 11, 2006

April 11, 2006

9

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE of EEOC's Notice Of Deposition Pursuant To Rule 30(b)(6) by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Royal, S.) (Entered: 04/11/2006)

April 11, 2006

April 11, 2006

10

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE of EEOC's Notice Of Deposition Of Haley Darby; EEOC's Notice Of Deposition Of Shane McGuigan; and EEOC's Notice Of Deposition Of Eric Brumbelow by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(Royal, S.) (Entered: 04/11/2006)

April 11, 2006

April 11, 2006

11

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE for Supplement to Defendant's Response to Plaintiff Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Interrogatories by BellSouth Telecommunications.(Snipe, Sheldon) (Entered: 04/18/2006)

April 18, 2006

April 18, 2006

12

Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery For 60 Days by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Royal, S.) (Entered: 05/04/2006)

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

13

ORDER granting 12 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery. Discovery ends on 7/5/2006. The deadline for filing any summary judgment motions, and pretrial deadlines shall be extended accordingly. Signed by Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson on 5/4/06. (klb) (Entered: 05/04/2006)

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

14

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE for Dft's response to pla's Second request for production of documents by BellSouth Telecommunications.(Snipe, Sheldon) Modified on 5/16/2006 to edit text as it was abbreviated (jta). (Entered: 05/15/2006)

May 15, 2006

May 15, 2006

Notification of Docket Correction re 14 Certificate of Service. (jta) (Entered: 05/16/2006)

May 16, 2006

May 16, 2006

15

MOTION to Stay Proceedings by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Royal, S.) (Entered: 07/05/2006)

July 5, 2006

July 5, 2006

16

ORDER granting 15Joint Motion to Stay proceedings through and including 7/19/06, to allow the parties to attempt a final settlement of this lawsuit. It is further ORDERED that the parties will file a written notice with the Clerk no later than 7/19/06, informing the Court of the outcome of these settlement efforts. Signed by Judge Walter E. Johnson on 7/6/06. (jta) (Entered: 07/06/2006)

July 6, 2006

July 6, 2006

17

NOTICE by BellSouth Telecommunications Of Settlement Progress (Snipe, Sheldon) (Entered: 07/19/2006)

July 19, 2006

July 19, 2006

Submission of 16 Order on Motion to Stay and 17 Notice of Settlement progress submitted to Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson. (jta) (Entered: 07/20/2006)

July 20, 2006

July 20, 2006

18

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT Consent Decree by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Royal, S.) (Entered: 08/22/2006)

Aug. 22, 2006

Aug. 22, 2006

19

ORDER approving 18 Consent Decree/Settlement Agreement filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Case dismissed with prejudice with each party to bear its own costs and attys' fees for this action. See for details. Signed by Judge Harold L. Murphy on 8/25/06. (jta) (Entered: 08/25/2006)

Aug. 25, 2006

Aug. 25, 2006

Civil Case Terminated. Judge Walter E. Johnson terminated from case. (jta) (Entered: 08/25/2006)

Aug. 25, 2006

Aug. 25, 2006

Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 29, 2005

Closing Date: Aug. 25, 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

BellSouth Telecommunications, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 26700

Order Duration: 2006 - 2008

Content of Injunction:

Provide antidiscrimination training

Retaliation Prohibition

Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Promotion

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits