Case: EEOC v. Barnhill's Buffet

3:01-cv-00210 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Filed Date: June 29, 2001

Closed Date: 2002

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Case Summary

In June 2001, the EEOC's Little Rock Area Office (with participation from the Memphis District Office) brought this suit against Barnhill's Buffet, Inc., d/b/a Barnhill's Country Buffet, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the charging party, a black employee, complained to her manager that her hours were being reduced because of her race, and the de…

In June 2001, the EEOC's Little Rock Area Office (with participation from the Memphis District Office) brought this suit against Barnhill's Buffet, Inc., d/b/a Barnhill's Country Buffet, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the charging party, a black employee, complained to her manager that her hours were being reduced because of her race, and the defendant then retaliated against her for her complaint by terminating her. The parties participated in a settlement conference in March 2002 which resulted in a settlement in April 2002 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation provisions and required the defendant to pay the charging party $29,000. In addition, the defendant agreed to: post a Title VII poster, provide the charging party with a neutral reference, and provide Title VII training for its supervisors and managers.

Summary Authors

Michele Marxkors (6/11/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Forster, John F. Jr. (Arkansas)

Judge(s)

Forster, John F. Jr. (Arkansas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

April 5, 2002 Docket
1

Complaint

June 29, 2001 Complaint
10

Consent Decree

April 5, 2002 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT w/jury demand, no summons issued (tlw) Modified on 07/30/2001 (Entered: 06/29/2001)

June 29, 2001
2

WAIVER OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS upon defendant Barnhill's Buffet on 7/10/01; ans ddl set for 9/08/01. (mkf) (Entered: 07/24/2001)

July 24, 2001
3

ANSWER by deft Barnhill's Buffet; no jury demand (jct) (Entered: 09/07/2001)

Sept. 7, 2001
4

INITIAL SCHEDULING ORDER (DOC): Rule 26(f) report due 11/29/01; Rule 16(b) conference, if needed, will be 12:45 p.m. on 12/4/01 (cc: all counsel) (jct) (Entered: 09/19/2001)

Sept. 19, 2001
5

RULE 26(f) REPORT filed by all parties (tlw) (Entered: 11/28/2001)

Nov. 28, 2001
6

FINAL SCHEDULING ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright; jury trial set for 1:30 on 7/22/02 in Jonesboro; discovery due 5/10/02; pretrial info sheet due 6/21/02. (cc: all counsel) (mkf) Modified on 12/03/2001 (Entered: 12/03/2001)

Dec. 3, 2001
7

PROTECTIVE ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright with regard to discovery responses by defendant containing information about deft's employees and former employees. (cc: all counsel) (mkf) (Entered: 12/06/2001)

Dec. 6, 2001
8

ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright referring the matter of a settlement conference to Magistrate Judge John F. Forster, Jr. (cc: all counsel) (tlw) (Entered: 02/19/2002)

Feb. 19, 2002
9

ORDER (DOC) scheduling a settlement conference for 3/07/02 at 10:00 a.m. before Magistrate Forster in Little Rock, AR Settlement/Obj Hrg set for 10:00 a.m. on 3/7/02 (cc: all counsel by C. Norwood) (tlw) (Entered: 02/21/2002)

Feb. 21, 2002

CLERK'S MINUTES: settlement conference held before Judge Forster in LR; William Cash, Terry Beck and Pam Dixon present with pltf; Kathy Graves present for dft; settlement reached and read into the record; ERO Cecilia Norwood (mcn) Modified on 03/12/2002 (Entered: 03/12/2002)

March 7, 2002
10

CONSENT DECREE by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright directing deft to deliver $29,000 to Brenda L. Jones within 10 days of this order and directing deft to provide a neutral reference to any potential employers of Brenda L. Jones; each of the parties shall bear their own costs, including attorneys' fees terminating case (cc: all counsel) (tlw) (Entered: 04/05/2002)

April 5, 2002

State / Territory: Arkansas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 29, 2001

Closing Date: 2002

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

Barnhill's Buffet, Inc. (Jonesboro, AR), 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: 29000

Order Duration: 2002 - 2004

Content of Injunction:

Neutral/Positive Reference

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

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

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits