Case: EEOC v. FORD MOTOR COMPANY

1:04-cv-00845 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Filed Date: Dec. 27, 2004

Closed Date: June 15, 2008

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Case Summary

This case was filed in December 2004 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, by twelve African-Americans who alleged that their employer, Ford Motor Company, as well as their union, the UAW, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and Michigan state anti-discrimination law. At issue were selection tests for apprenticeship training programs, tests which the plaintiffs said had a disparate impact upon blacks. The EEOC brought a separate action against Ford (1:04-cv-…

This case was filed in December 2004 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, by twelve African-Americans who alleged that their employer, Ford Motor Company, as well as their union, the UAW, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and Michigan state anti-discrimination law. At issue were selection tests for apprenticeship training programs, tests which the plaintiffs said had a disparate impact upon blacks.

The EEOC brought a separate action against Ford (1:04-cv-00845), and the cases were consolidated. In June 2005 both cases were resolved via a settlement agreement. Ford agreed to pay $8.55 million and to implement a new selection process for its apprenticeship programs. This agreement further required Ford to hire an industrial psychologist to design this new selection process and to place 279 members of the Settlement Class on the eligibility list for the Ford apprenticeship program.

On June 15, 2005, the court found that the proposed Settlement Agreement was fair and on June 16, 2005, the court granted the Plaintiff's Motion in Support of Award of Attorney's Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses. The court ordered the Defendant to pay $1.1 million to class counsel to cover fees and expenses incurred during settlement negotiations, and $567,000 to cover fees and expenses associated with the implementation and monitoring of the Settlement Agreement. As the settlement was initially scheduled to last for three years, and there is no further activity on the docket sheet, presumably this case closed in 2008.

Summary Authors

Keri Livingston (8/26/2008)

Rachel Barr (4/8/2018)

Related Cases

EEOC v. H Q Global Workplace, Inc., Northern District of Illinois (2002)

Robinson et al v. Ford Motor Company, Inc. et al, Southern District of Ohio (2004)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4679266/parties/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-ford-motor-company/


Judge(s)

Spiegel, S. Arthur (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Mays, Lawrence (Ohio)

Stern, Jefferey A (Ohio)

Watson, C. Larry (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cook, David M. (Ohio)

Harper, Connye Y. (Michigan)

Morrison, Virginia (California)

Simon, Stephen A. (Ohio)

Judge(s)

Spiegel, S. Arthur (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Mays, Lawrence (Ohio)

Stern, Jefferey A (Ohio)

Watson, C. Larry (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cook, David M. (Ohio)

Harper, Connye Y. (Michigan)

Morrison, Virginia (California)

Simon, Stephen A. (Ohio)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Ford Motor Company

Sept. 4, 2007 Docket
2-2

Settlement Agreement

Robinson and EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, et. al.

Dec. 27, 2004 Settlement Agreement
1

Complaint

EEOC v. Ford Motor Company

Dec. 27, 2004 Complaint
5

Order [of Consolidation]

EEOC v. Ford Motor Company

Jan. 6, 2005 Order/Opinion

EEOC Press Release

EEOC v. Ford Motor Company

No Court

June 1, 2005 Press Release
17

Opinion and Order

Robinson and EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, et. al.

2005 WL 5253339

June 15, 2005 Order/Opinion
17

Opinion & Order

Robinson and EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, et. al.

June 15, 2005 Order/Opinion

EEOC Litigation Settlement Report

EEOC v. Ford Motor Co.

No Court

June 16, 2005 Press Release
19

Judgment in a Civil Case

Robinson and EEOC v. Ford Motor Company

June 17, 2005 Order/Opinion
36

Status Conference Memo including exhibits

Robinson et al v. Ford Motor Company

Sept. 6, 2007 Discovery Material/FOIA Release

Resources

Title Description External URL

Judicial Independence, Employment Discrimination Studies Funded

Ann Nicholson

This brief article describes the Clearinghouse's award of $12,000 to build its collection of employment discrimination class actions brought by private plaintiffs. Nov. 1, 2008 https://law.wustl.edu/...

Under the Radar: Visibility and the Effects of Discrimination Lawsuits in Small and Large Firms

Carly Knight, Frank Dobbin, Alexandra Kalev

Research on how discrimination lawsuits affect corporate diversity has yielded mixed results. Qualitative studies highlight the limited efficacy of lawsuits in the typical workplace, finding that lit… April 1, 2022 https://cris.tau.ac.il/...

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4679266/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-ford-motor-company/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 12:44 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
19

CLERK'S JUDGMENT entered affirming Court Orders entered in lead case 1:04-cv-844 28 29 . (km, )

June 17, 2005 RECAP
1

COMPLAINT against Ford Motor Company, Inc., International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, (UAW) (Filing fee $ 150.) , filed by Plaintiffs Jonathan Glover, Karthan E. Norman, Jerome R. Harris, Sheilah Brackett, Terri Gaither, Gregory A. Dicks, Robert Fails, Jr, James Robinson, Robert Payne, Gordon Rinfrow, Joseph Hendricks. 48BG (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet # 2 receipt)(mlc, ) (Entered: 12/28/2004)

Dec. 27, 2004

Filing fee: $ 150, receipt number 425127 (mlc, ) (Entered: 12/28/2004)

Dec. 27, 2004
2

JOINT MOTION for preliminary approval of settlement agreement and Provisional Class Certification by Plaintiffs Jonathan Glover, Karthan E. Norman, Jerome R. Harris, Sheilah Brackett, Terri Gaither, Gregory A. Dicks, Robert Fails, Jr, James Robinson, Robert Payne, Gordon Rinfrow, Joseph Hendricks. Responses due by 1/20/2005 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1# 2 Exhibit 2−6# 3 Text of Proposed Order)(mlc, ) (Entered: 12/28/2004)

Dec. 27, 2004
3

NOTICE of Hearing: Status Conference set for 2/9/2005 02:00 PM in chambers before S Arthur Spiegel. (km, ) (Entered: 12/29/2004)

Dec. 29, 2004
4

ORDER transferring related action 1:04−cv−00845 from the docket of Judge Susan J. Dlott to the docket of Judge S Arthur Spiegel. 1:04−cv−00845 is further consolidated with lead case 1:04−cv−00844 for all further proceedings. Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel and Judge Susan J. Dlott on 1/6/2005. (km, ) (Entered: 01/06/2005)

Jan. 6, 2005
6

MOTION for Leave to Appear pro hac vice for attorney Kenneth M. Willner by Defendant Ford Motor Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit certificate of good standing# 2 receipt for filing fee)(wam, ) (Entered: 02/01/2005)

Feb. 1, 2005
7

NOTATION ORDER granting 6 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for attorney Kenneth M. Willner. Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel on 2/2/2005. (km, ) (Entered: 02/03/2005)

Feb. 3, 2005
8

ANSWER to Complaint of EEOC by Defendant Ford Motor Company, Inc..(wam, ) Modified on 2/3/2005 (wam, ). (Entered: 02/03/2005)

Feb. 3, 2005
9

ANSWER to Complaint by Defendant Ford Motor Company, Inc..(wam, ) (Entered: 02/03/2005)

Feb. 3, 2005
10

ANSWER to Complaint by Defendants International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculatural Implement Workers of America, (UAW), United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculatural Implement Workers of America, Local 863.(Cook, David) (Entered: 02/07/2005)

Feb. 7, 2005
11

ORDER granting 2 Motion for preliminary approval of settlement agreement and provisional certification of class Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel on 2/9/05. (wam, ) (Entered: 02/09/2005)

Feb. 9, 2005

Set Hearings: Fairness Hearing set for 6/1/2005 02:00 PM before S Arthur Spiegel Rm 842. (wam, ) (Entered: 02/09/2005)

Feb. 9, 2005

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge S Arthur Spiegel : Status Conference held on 2/9/2005. (km, ) (Entered: 02/10/2005)

Feb. 9, 2005
13

MOTION for Leave to Appear pro hac vice for attorney Cyrus B. Mehri by Plaintiffs Jonathan Glover, Karthan E. Norman, Jerome R. Harris, Sheilah Brackett, Terri Gaither, Gregory A. Dicks, Robert Fails, Jr, James Robinson, Robert Payne, Gordon Rinfrow, Joseph Hendricks. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit certificate of good standing# 2 Exhibit receipt for filing fee)(wam, ) (Entered: 02/10/2005)

Feb. 9, 2005
12

NOTICE of Hearing: Fairness Hearing set for 6/1/2005 2:00 PM Courtroom 842 before Judge S Arthur Spiegel.(km, ) (Entered: 02/10/2005)

Feb. 10, 2005
14

NOTATION ORDER granting 13 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for attorney Cyrus B. Mehri. Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel on 2/11/2005. (km, ) (Entered: 02/11/2005)

Feb. 11, 2005
15

ANSWER to Complaint by Defendants Ford Motor Company, Inc., United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculatural Implement Workers of America, Local 863.(wam, ) (Entered: 03/04/2005)

March 4, 2005
16

Letter to Court from Darnay L. Cheeks re settlement agreement and fairness hearing set for 6/1/2005. (km, ) (Entered: 03/30/2005)

March 30, 2005
17

Letters to Court re Intention to Speak and Object to Proposed Settlement at 6/1/2005 Fairness Hearing from Kenneth Jones and Lawrence L. Wartley, Jr. (km, ) (Entered: 04/18/2005)

April 18, 2005
18

Objection Letter to Court from Ronald Mack re Settlement Agreement and Fairness Hearing scheduled for June 1, 2005 by Defendant International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculatural Implement Workers of America, (UAW). (Harper, Connye) (Entered: 04/18/2005)

April 18, 2005
20

Letter to Court from Darnay L. Cheeks of 5/15/2005 re acceptance of proposed settlement and withdrawal of former objections. (km, ) (Entered: 05/20/2005)

May 20, 2005
22

BRIEF in support re 21 by Plaintiffs Jonathan Glover, Karthan E. Norman, Jerome R. Harris, Sheilah Brackett, Terri Gaither, Gregory A. Dicks, Robert Fails, Jr, James Robinson, Robert Payne, Gordon Rinfrow, Joseph Hendricks. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1: Settlement Agreement# 2 Exhibit 2: Declaration of Robert Belton# 3 Exhibit 3: Declaration of Cyrus Mehri# 4 Exhibit 3A: MSLodestar# 5 Exhibit 3B: MMRLodestar# 6 Exhibit 3C: Combined Fees and Expenses# 7 Exhibit 3D: Declaration of Nathaniel Jones# 8 Exhibit 3E: Declaration of Armand Derfner# 9 Exhibit 3F: Declaration of Suzette Peyton# 10 Exhibit 3G: Declaration of Rhonda Maxwell# 11 Exhibit 4: CV of Kathleen Lundquist, PhD# 12 Exhibit 5: Declaration of Mark Patton, Claims Administrator# 13 Exhibit 6: Opt Outs# 14 Exhibit 7: Class Member Objections# 15 Exhibit 8: Non−Class Member Objections# 16 Exhibit 9: Objection and Withdrawal of Darnay Cheeks)(Mehri, Cyrus) Modified on 5/27/2005 (wam, ). (Entered: 05/26/2005)

May 26, 2005
23

MOTION for Attorney Fees by Plaintiffs Jonathan Glover, Karthan E. Norman, Jerome R. Harris, Sheilah Brackett, Terri Gaither, Gregory A. Dicks, Robert Fails, Jr, James Robinson, Robert Payne, Gordon Rinfrow, Joseph Hendricks. (Mehri, Cyrus) (Entered: 05/26/2005)

May 26, 2005
24

NOTICE by Plaintiffs Jonathan Glover, Karthan E. Norman, Jerome R. Harris, Sheilah Brackett, Terri Gaither, Gregory A. Dicks, Robert Fails, Jr, James Robinson, Robert Payne, Gordon Rinfrow, Joseph Hendricks re 22 Brief,,,, 23 MOTION for Attorney Fees (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1: Amended page 5 of Plaintiffs' MOtion in Support of Award of Attonreys' Fees# 2 Exhibit 2: Amended page13 Of Declaration of Cyrus Mehri)(Mehri, Cyrus) (Entered: 05/27/2005)

May 27, 2005
25

MOTION for Leave to Appear pro hac vice for attorneys Sandi Farrell &Lisa Bornstein by Plaintiffs Jonathan Glover, Karthan E. Norman, Jerome R. Harris, Sheilah Brackett, Terri Gaither, Gregory A. Dicks, Robert Fails, Jr, James Robinson, Robert Payne, Gordon Rinfrow, Joseph Hendricks. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit of Nathaniel R. Jones# 2 certificates of good standing# 3 receipt for filing fee)(wam, ) (Entered: 06/01/2005)

May 31, 2005

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge S Arthur Spiegel: Fairness Hearing held on 6/1/2005 re 21 Joint MOTION for Final Approval of Settlement Agreement and 23 MOTION for Attorney Fees. Statements of Counsel re proposed settlement heard. Objections from class members heard and addressed by counsel and the Court. Plaintiffs' Attorney Fees addressed. Matters taken under advisement. Written Order to follow. (Court Reporter Shandy Ehde (Draper &Oestreicher).) (km, ) (Entered: 06/01/2005)

June 1, 2005
26

NOTATION ORDER granting 25 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for attorneys Sandi Farrell &Lisa Bornstein. Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel on 6/2/2005. (km, ) (Entered: 06/03/2005)

June 3, 2005
27

Letter to Court from Mary Braun re Proposed Class Settlement. (km, ) (Entered: 06/08/2005)

June 8, 2005
28

OPINION AND ORDER granting 21 Joint Motion to Approve the Class Action Settlement. Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorneys' Fees 23 will be decided by a separate Order of this Court. Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel on 6/15/2005. (km, ) Modified on 6/15/2005 (km, ). (Entered: 06/15/2005)

June 15, 2005
29

OPINION AND ORDER granting 23 Motion for Attorney Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses. The Court AWARDS $1.1 million to Class Counsel to cover fees and expenses incurred thus far and an additional $567,000.00 to cover those fees and expenses associated with the implementation and monitoring of the settlement over a three to five year period. This award of fees and expenses shall be distributed in accordance with the Settlement Agreement. Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel on 6/16/2005. (km, ) (Entered: 06/17/2005)

June 17, 2005
30

CLERK'S JUDGMENT entered affirming Court Orders 28 29 . (km, ) (Entered: 06/17/2005)

June 17, 2005
31

TRANSCRIPT of Fairness Hearing Proceedings held on 6/1/05 before Judge S. Arthur Spiegel. Court Reporter: Shandy Ehde. (wam, ) (Entered: 08/12/2005)

Aug. 11, 2005
32

NOTICE of Hearing:Status Conference set for 9/4/2007 03:00 PM in chambers before Judge S Arthur Spiegel. (km1, ) Additional attachment(Return Mail Envelope) added on 8/15/2007 (scot1, ). Additional attachment(Return Mail Envelope) added on 8/17/2007 (scot1, ). (Entered: 08/02/2007)

Aug. 2, 2007
33

ORDER setting Status Conference re Settlement Agreement for 9/4/2007 03:00 PM. Signed by Judge S Arthur Spiegel on 8/1/2007. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 − Letter of Mr. Kevin Marshall) (km1, ) Additional attachment(Return Mail Envelope) added on 8/15/2007 (scot1, ). Additional attachment(Return Mail Envelope) added on 8/17/2007 (scot1, ). (Entered: 08/02/2007)

Aug. 2, 2007

Mail sent to Lisa Bornstein Returned as Undeliverable/Return to Sender−Forward Time Expired re 32 Notice. (scot1, ) (Entered: 08/15/2007)

Aug. 15, 2007

Mail sent to Sandi Farrell Returned as Undeliverable/Return to Sender−Forward Time Expired re 33 Order. (scot1, ) (Entered: 08/15/2007)

Aug. 15, 2007

Mail sent to Sandi Farrell Returned as Undeliverable/Return to Sender−Forward Time Expired re 32 Notice (scot1, ) (Entered: 08/17/2007)

Aug. 16, 2007

Mail sent to Lisa Bornstein Returned as Undeliverable/Return to Sender−Forward Time Expired re 33 Order. (scot1, ) (Entered: 08/17/2007)

Aug. 16, 2007
34

NOTICE of Change of Address for Attorney's Cyrus Mehri and Lisa Bornstein (Jones, Nathaniel) Modified on 8/25/2007 − To modify docket text (tt1, ). (Entered: 08/24/2007)

Aug. 24, 2007
35

NOTICE of Hearing: Status Conference RESET for 9/11/2007 02:00 PM in chambers before Judge S Arthur Spiegel. (km1, ) (Entered: 09/04/2007)

Sept. 4, 2007
36

STATUS REPORT / Ford Motor Company's Memorandum For September 11, 2007 Status Conference by Defendant Ford Motor Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A − Settlement Agreement# 2 Exhibit B − Excerpts from collectively bargained letter agreements and appendices) (Willner, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/06/2007)

Sept. 6, 2007
37

Mail Returned as Undeliverable (Doc. 35). Mail sent to SANDI FARRELL. Marked Forwarding Time Expired. Address has been updated in the system. Clerk did not re−send this Notice of Hearing because the dated scheduled was for 9/11/2007. (tt1, ) (Entered: 09/20/2007)

Sept. 19, 2007
38

BRIEF by Defendant Ford Motor Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment 1 to post−hearing brief) (Willner, Kenneth) (Entered: 11/08/2007)

Nov. 8, 2007
39

NOTICE by Plaintiff James Robinson of Withdrawal of Attorney Lisa Bornstein (Bornstein, Lisa) (Entered: 04/07/2008)

April 7, 2008

State / Territory: Ohio

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 27, 2004

Closing Date: June 15, 2008

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

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

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculatural Implement Workers of America, Private Entity/Person

Ford Motor Company, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Amount Defendant Pays: $10,217,000

Order Duration: 2005 - 2008

Content of Injunction:

Retaliation Prohibition

Recordkeeping

Hire

Discrimination Prohibition

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Reporting

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Disparate Impact

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Testing

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits