Case: EEOC v. RENT-A-CENTER, INC.

2:99-cv-02427 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Filed Date: May 14, 1999

Closed Date: 2002

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Case Summary

On May 14, 1999, the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Rent-A-Center, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on behalf of four individual plaintiffs and a "class of other females who have been adversely affected" by sex discrimination in the employment process. The case was assigned to Judge Jerome Turner (later reassigned to Judge Jon P. McCalla). The EEOC sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) and Title I of the Civil Rights Act o…

On May 14, 1999, the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Rent-A-Center, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on behalf of four individual plaintiffs and a "class of other females who have been adversely affected" by sex discrimination in the employment process. The case was assigned to Judge Jerome Turner (later reassigned to Judge Jon P. McCalla). The EEOC sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 (42 U.S.C. § 1981a). Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the Defendant terminated the employment of four female employees and refused to hire other females because of their sex. The available records do not show exactly what reliefs the EEOC and the individual plaintiffs sought.

The Defendant was a "rent to own" company that rented a variety of items, including furniture, appliances, electronics, and accessories to individuals. Generally, the Defendant delivered the rented items to the homes of its customers. The Defendant administered various tests to the current employees for two positions: 1) account manager; and 2) executive assistant manager. Four specific female employees (represented by EEOC in this lawsuit) who failed the tests were not placed into positions as account managers after taking the tests, were not allowed to retake the tests, and were eventually discharged from employment. Rent-A-Center's stated reason was that the Plaintiffs could not lift 75 pounds without assistance. After the termination of the four female employees, the Defendant employed no women at its facilities in this region.

The EEOC alleged that unlike the four female employees, male employees who failed the tests were placed into positions as account managers, allowed to retake the tests, and then placed into assistant manager positions. The EEOC further claimed that when female applicants attempted to apply for positions at the Defendant's stores in this region, they were either not hired or discouraged from applying.

Between May 1999 and December 2002, the parties engaged in discovery. Then, on December 13, 2002, the parties filed a notice of settlement. The records do not show the details of the Settlement Agreement.

On December 17, 2002, Judge McCalla approved the parties' Settlement Agreement. Judge McCalla also noted that pursuant to a Consent Decree entered in a related case in the Southern District of Illinois (Wilfong, et al. v. Rent-A-Center (Civil Action No. 00-680-DRH)), another sex discrimination class action against the same Defendant), the case was dismissed with prejudice. Each party paid its own costs and attorneys' fees and the case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Lisa Koo (5/25/2019)

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Nov. 30, 2001

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Last updated Aug. 11, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

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1

COMPLAINT pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 2000e (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/14/1999)

May 14, 1999

May 14, 1999

2

NOTICE OF FILING OF by plaintiff E.E.O.C. Waiiver of Service of Summons (Former Emp) (Entered: 06/18/1999)

June 18, 1999

June 18, 1999

3

SETTING LETTER; scheduling conference set for 9:00 8/17/99, before Judge Jerome Turner in Courtroom No. 3, 9th Floor (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/22/1999)

July 22, 1999

July 22, 1999

4

ANSWER by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. to [1-1] (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/27/1999)

July 26, 1999

July 26, 1999

5

REPORT OF PARTIES' RULE 26(f) PLANNING MEETING E.E.O.C., Renters Choice, Inc. (Former Emp) (Entered: 08/05/1999)

Aug. 5, 1999

Aug. 5, 1999

6

LETTER/Notice from counsel for defendant Renters Choice, Inc. regarding participation of counsel via telephone (Former Emp) (Entered: 08/12/1999)

Aug. 12, 1999

Aug. 12, 1999

7

MOTION by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. for attorneys Franklin Eastwood Wright and Michael E. Coles to appear pro hac vice (w/Attachment A-Certificats of Good Standing) (Former Emp) (Entered: 08/19/1999)

Aug. 19, 1999

Aug. 19, 1999

PRO HAC VICE FEE PAID: in the amount of $ 200.00 receipt # 049679 by Glankler Brown for Franklin Eastwood Wright and Michael E. Coles (Former Emp) (Entered: 08/19/1999)

Aug. 19, 1999

Aug. 19, 1999

8

MOTION by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. for attorney Jerry Hicks to appear pro hac vice (w/Certificate Attached) (Former Emp) (Entered: 08/25/1999)

Aug. 24, 1999

Aug. 24, 1999

PRO HAC VICE FEE PAID: in the amount of $ 100.00 receipt # 049753 by Glankler Brown for Jerry Hicks (Former Emp) (Entered: 08/25/1999)

Aug. 24, 1999

Aug. 24, 1999

12

MINUTES: scheduling conference satisfied 9:00 8/24/99/99 , No agreement on referral to Magistrate Judge for trial. Schedules set; joining parties ddl 10/15/99; Rule 26 experts Pltfs 5/30/2000, Dfts 6/30/2000; discovery ddl set 8/31/2000; trial set 1/15/2001; pretrial conference set 12/21/2000 Presiding Judge: Jerome Turner PLA Atty: Faye Williams DFT Atty: Jeff Jarrett C/R: Sharlyn Phillips (Former Emp) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Aug. 24, 1999

Aug. 24, 1999

9

RULE 26 Disclosures by E.E.O.C. (Former Emp) (Entered: 08/26/1999)

Aug. 26, 1999

Aug. 26, 1999

10

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE by Judge Jerome Turner granting motion for attorney Jerry Hicks to appear pro hac vice [8-1]...It Is Therefore Ordered that Jerry Hicks, Esq. be admitted to this court specially for the purpose of acting as co-counsel for dft in this cause... (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 09/07/1999)

Sept. 7, 1999

Sept. 7, 1999

11

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE by Judge Jerome Turner granting motion for attorneys Franklin Eastwood Wright and Michael E. Coles to appear pro hac vice [7-1]...It Is Therefore Ordered that Franklin Eastwood Wright, Esq. and Michael E. Coles, Esq. be admitted to this court specially for the purpose of acting as co-counsel for dft in this cause... (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 09/07/1999)

Sept. 7, 1999

Sept. 7, 1999

13

SCHEDULING ORDER 16(b) Judge Jerome Turner...the following dates were established as the final dates for: deadline for joining parties set for 10/15/99; deadline for amending pleadings set for 10/15/99; discovery deadline set for 8/31/2000; motion filing deadline set for 10/2/2000; Trial is expected to last 4-5 days; Trial is set for 1/15/2001; pretrial conference set for 12/21/2000...This order has been entered after consultation with trial counsel pursuant to notice. Absent good cause shown, the scheduling dates set by this order will not be modified or extended...(cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 09/16/1999)

Sept. 16, 1999

Sept. 16, 1999

14

SETTING LETTER: jury trial set for 1/15/2001 at 9:30, in Courtroom No. 3, 9th Floor, before Judge Jerome Turner : pretrial conference set for 12/21/2000 at 2:00 in Judge Turner's chambers: pretrial order deadline set for 12/11/2000 (Former Emp) (Entered: 10/04/1999)

Oct. 4, 1999

Oct. 4, 1999

15

NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff E.E.O.C. by Deidre Smith (EHG) (Entered: 12/15/1999)

Dec. 10, 1999

Dec. 10, 1999

16

MOTION FOR SPECIAL ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. for attorney Steven A. Siegel to appear pro hac vice w/attached Certificate of Good Standing(EHG) Modified on 02/04/2000 (Entered: 02/04/2000)

Feb. 2, 2000

Feb. 2, 2000

PRO HAC VICE FEE PAID: in the amount of $ 100 receipt # 052892 by Steven A. Siegel (EHG) Modified on 02/04/2000 (Entered: 02/04/2000)

Feb. 2, 2000

Feb. 2, 2000

18

NOTICE by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. of taking deposition of Sheila D. Herford on 3/1/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 02/23/2000)

Feb. 22, 2000

Feb. 22, 2000

19

NOTICE by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. of taking deposition of Tequila L. Burse on 3/3/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 02/23/2000)

Feb. 22, 2000

Feb. 22, 2000

20

NOTICE by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. of taking deposition of Edith D. Ruby on 3/2/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 02/23/2000)

Feb. 22, 2000

Feb. 22, 2000

21

NOTICE BY CLERK: Case reassigned for motions/hearings to Judge Julia S. Gibbons (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 03/09/2000)

March 8, 2000

March 8, 2000

22

SETTING LETTER : pretrial order deadline set for 12/29/00 at 0:00 : pretrial conference set for 1/5/01 at 9:00 : jury trial set for 1/16/01 at 9:30 (Former Emp) (Entered: 04/18/2000)

April 18, 2000

April 18, 2000

23

MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. for leave to modify Rule 16(b) scheduling order (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/15/2000)

May 12, 2000

May 12, 2000

24

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion for leave to modify Rule 16(b) scheduling order [23-1] (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/15/2000)

May 12, 2000

May 12, 2000

25

CERTIFICATE by plaintiff E.E.O.C. (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/15/2000)

May 12, 2000

May 12, 2000

26

MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. for order compelling entry upon land (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/15/2000)

May 12, 2000

May 12, 2000

27

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion for order compelling entry upon land [26-1] (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/15/2000)

May 12, 2000

May 12, 2000

28

CERTIFICATE OF CONSULTATION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/15/2000)

May 12, 2000

May 12, 2000

29

ORDER by Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting motion for leave to modify Rule 16(b) scheduling order [23-1] (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/16/2000)

May 16, 2000

May 16, 2000

30

ORDER by Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons referring to Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo the motion for order compelling entry upon land [26-1] (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/16/2000)

May 16, 2000

May 16, 2000

31

DEFENDANT'S OPPOSITION by Renters Choice, Inc. to motion for order compelling entry upon land [26-1] (Former Emp) (Entered: 05/26/2000)

May 26, 2000

May 26, 2000

32

NOTICE BY CLERK Case reassigned from Judge Jerome Turner to Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 06/09/2000)

June 8, 2000

June 8, 2000

33

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C., defendant Renters Choice, Inc. for leave to modity Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order (Former Emp) (Entered: 06/28/2000)

June 27, 2000

June 27, 2000

34

ORDER by Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting motion for leave to modity Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order [33-1] ddl for pla's experts 8/11/00; ddl for def's experts 9/11/00; discovery ddl set 9/15/00 (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 06/29/2000)

June 29, 2000

June 29, 2000

35

RETURN OF SERVICE on subpoena Steven Reeves executed on 6/28/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000

36

MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. for order compelling 30(b)(6) deposition designation, production of documents and , for sanctions (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000

37

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion for order compelling 30(b)(6) deposition designation, production of documents and [36-1], of motion for sanctions [36-2] (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000

38

PLAINTIFF'S EXHIBITS (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000

39

CERTIFICATE OF CONSULTATION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000

40

RETURN OF SERVICE as to Arthur Plowman executed on 6/28/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000

41

ORDER by Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons referring to Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo the motion for order compelling 30(b)(6) deposition designation, production of documents and [36-1] ; hearing, referring to Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo the motion for sanctions [36-2] (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

July 5, 2000

July 5, 2000

42

RETURN OF SERVICE as to Cecil Jackson executed on 7/3/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

July 5, 2000

July 5, 2000

43

RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to Cecil Jackson on 7/3/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/07/2000)

July 5, 2000

July 5, 2000

44

RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to Durrell M. Latiker on 7/5/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/07/2000)

July 6, 2000

July 6, 2000

45

MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. to compel production of documents , and for sanctions (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 7, 2000

July 7, 2000

46

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion to compel production of documents [45-1], of motion for sanctions [45-2] (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 7, 2000

July 7, 2000

47

CERTIFICATE/CERTIFICATION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. of INDIGENCY (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 7, 2000

July 7, 2000

48

RETURN OF SERVICE as to Michael Kevin Gaither executed on 7/7/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/12/2000)

July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000

49

RETURN OF SERVICE as to Terry L. Murden executed on 7/11/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/12/2000)

July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000

50

RETURN OF SERVICE as to Keith Jeanette executed on 7/3/00 (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/12/2000)

July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000

52

ORDER by Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons referring to Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo the motion to compel production of documents [45-1], the motion for sanctions [45-2] (cc: all counsel) (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/13/2000)

July 13, 2000

July 13, 2000

53

RESPONSE by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. to motion for order compelling 30(b)(6) deposition designation, production of documents and [36-1], to motion for sanctions [36-2] (YDS) (Entered: 07/18/2000)

July 18, 2000

July 18, 2000

54

RESPONSE by defendant Renters Choice, Inc. to motion to compel production of documents [45-1], to motion for sanctions [45-2] (Former Emp) (Entered: 07/25/2000)

July 24, 2000

July 24, 2000

55

ORDER ON PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR AN ORDER COMPELLING ENTRY UPON LAND, MOTION FOR AN ORDER COMPELLING 30(B)6 DEPOSITION DESIGNATION, PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS AND SANCTIONS AND MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS AND FOR SANCTIONS by Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo granting in part motion to compel production of documents [45-1], denying motion for sanctions [45-2], granting in part motion for order compelling 30(b)(6) deposition designation, production of documents [36-1], denying motion for sanctions [36-2], denying motion for order compelling entry upon land [26-1] : Because the EEOC can obtain any information it needs through more conventional and less burdensome methods, the EEOC's motion for an order permitting entry upon land is denied; dft is directed to designate a Rule 30(b)(6) deponent w/i 11 days of the date of this order and to make the deponent and the requested documents available to the EEOC at a time mutually convenient to the parties; the Court will limit the request to EEOC charges of sexual discrimination against females in hiring, retention, and termination in this region from 6/1/98, to the present; Because both sides prevailed on these motions, the court declines to impose sanctions. (cc: all counsel) (YDS) (Entered: 08/16/2000)

Aug. 15, 2000

Aug. 15, 2000

56

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C., defendant Renters Choice, Inc. for leave to modify Rule 16(b) scheduling order and Judge Gibbons' order dated August 15, 2000 (Former Emp) (Entered: 09/06/2000)

Sept. 1, 2000

Sept. 1, 2000

57

MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. for leave to file amended complaint to correct misnomer and change name of party dft (YDS) (Entered: 09/14/2000)

Sept. 13, 2000

Sept. 13, 2000

58

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion for leave to file amended complaint to correct misnomer and change name of party dft [57-1] (YDS) (Entered: 09/14/2000)

Sept. 13, 2000

Sept. 13, 2000

59

CERTIFICATE of Consultation by plaintiff E.E.O.C. as to Motion for Leave To Amend [57-1] (YDS) (Entered: 09/14/2000)

Sept. 13, 2000

Sept. 13, 2000

60

ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION FOR LEAVE TO MODIFY RULE 16(b0 SCHEDULING ORDER AND JUDGE GIBBONS' ORDER DATED 8/15/00 by Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting motion for leave to modify Rule 16(b) scheduling order and Judge Gibbons' order dated August 15, 2000 [56-1] discovery ddl set 1/30/01; jury trial set 6/25/01; the pretrial motion ddl and the final pretrial conference ddl will be modified accordingly (cc: all counsel) (YDS) (Entered: 09/14/2000)

Sept. 14, 2000

Sept. 14, 2000

61

ORDER by Chief Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting motion for leave to file amended complaint to correct misnomer and change name of party dft [57-1]; the Clerk of Court is directed to file the Amended Complaint. (cc: all counsel) (YDS) (Entered: 09/14/2000)

Sept. 14, 2000

Sept. 14, 2000

62

AMENDED COMPLAINT [1-1] by plaintiff E.E.O.C. terminating defendant Renters Choice, Inc.; adding Rent-A-Center, Inc.; jury demand (YDS) (Entered: 09/14/2000)

Sept. 14, 2000

Sept. 14, 2000

63

SETTING LETTER : pretrial order deadline set for 6/8/01 : pretrial conference set for 6/15/01 at 9:00 : jury trial set for 6/25/01 at 9:30 (YDS) (Entered: 12/14/2000)

Dec. 13, 2000

Dec. 13, 2000

64

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C., defendant Rent-A-Center, Inc. for leave to modify Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order (YDS) (Entered: 01/29/2001)

Jan. 26, 2001

Jan. 26, 2001

65

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO MODIFY RULE 16(b)SCHEDULING ORDER by Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting motion for leave to modify Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order [64-1] discovery ddl reset 4/30/01 (cc: all counsel) (YDS) (Entered: 01/30/2001)

Jan. 30, 2001

Jan. 30, 2001

66

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff, defendant for leave to modify Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order (BAG) (Entered: 04/27/2001)

April 26, 2001

April 26, 2001

67

ORDER Granting Joint Motion For Leave To Modify Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order by Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting joint motion for leave to modify Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order [66-1] discovery ddl extended from 4/30/01 to 10/1/01; As revised discovery ddl is beyond scheduled trial date, the Court will issue a notice resetting trial date; (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 05/11/2001)

May 11, 2001

May 11, 2001

68

ORDER Granting Motion To Modify Scheduling Order by Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting joint motion re [66-1] discovery ddl: 10/1/01; motion filing ddl set 11/1/01; jury trial set 3/25/02; (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 06/04/2001)

June 1, 2001

June 1, 2001

69

SETTING LETTER: jury trial set for 3/25/02 at 9:30: pretrial conference set for 3/15/02 at 1:45: pretrial order deadline set for 3/8/02 (resetting from 6/25/01) (BAG) (Entered: 06/07/2001)

June 7, 2001

June 7, 2001

70

ORDER Of Transfer by Judge Julia S. Gibbons Case transferred to Judge Jon P. McCalla in exchange for 99-2753-GA, Federal Express vs. Kelowna Flightcraft (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 08/01/2001)

July 31, 2001

July 31, 2001

71

ORDER TEMPORARILY REASSIGNING THE DOCKET OF JON PHIPPS MCCALLA -- Administrative Order No. 2001-14 by Chief Judge James D. Todd, case reassigned to Judge Julia S. Gibbons . (BAG) (Entered: 09/06/2001)

Sept. 6, 2001

Sept. 6, 2001

72

MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. for defaulted admissions (EHG) (Entered: 10/31/2001)

Oct. 30, 2001

Oct. 30, 2001

73

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion for defaulted admissions [72-1] ..w/attachments [document placed in separate folder] (EHG) (Entered: 10/31/2001)

Oct. 30, 2001

Oct. 30, 2001

75

ORDER Of Reference by Judge Julia S. Gibbons referring to Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo the plaintiff's motion for defaulted admissions; Any requests for reconsideration of mag judge's order shall be made w/in 10 days of order, setting forth portions objected to and reasons for objections; (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 11/13/2001)

Nov. 13, 2001

Nov. 13, 2001

76

NOTICE To Court and MOTION/REQUEST by plaintiff E.E.O.C. for pretrial conference (dft attempting to settle lawsuit in MO litigation..); w/exhibits (BAG) (Entered: 11/27/2001)

Nov. 26, 2001

Nov. 26, 2001

77

ORDER DENYING PLAS' MOTION FOR DEFAULTED ADMISSIONS by Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo denying motion for defaulted admissions [72-1] The Court finds tha the EEOC would not be prejudiced in any capacity by allowing RentACenter to w/d the defaulted admissions and therefore denies the EEOC's request to order the defaulted admissions affirmed. Due to the lack of prejudice to the EEOC,the court will allow Rent-A-Center to amend and supplement its reponses to the EEOC's third set of requests for admissions. Rent-A-Center's supplemental responses and objections to the EEOC's third set of requests are hereby accepted as filed. Each party will its own expenses and attorney fees incurred by it with respect to the motion. (cc: all counsel) (PWM) (Entered: 12/03/2001)

Nov. 30, 2001

Nov. 30, 2001

78

MEMORANDUM by defendant Rent-A-Center, Inc. in opposition to pla's motion/request for pretrial conference [76-1]; w/attachments (BAG) (Entered: 12/11/2001)

Dec. 11, 2001

Dec. 11, 2001

79

SETTING LETTER: telephone conference set for 1/3/02 at 2:00 (BAG) (Entered: 12/21/2001)

Dec. 21, 2001

Dec. 21, 2001

80

MINUTES: Atty. conference held 1/3/02; Settlement for related case pending in MO; Settlement conf. before Mag. asap; Trial set 3/25/02, est. 2-3 weeks; Presiding Judge: Julia S. Gibbons; PLA Atty: D. Smith/F. Williams; DFT Atty: Jarrett/Copes/Hicks/Dargene (phone); C/R: Brenda Parker; (BAG) (Entered: 01/08/2002)

Jan. 3, 2002

Jan. 3, 2002

81

ORDER Of Reference by Judge Julia S. Gibbons; This matter referred to Mag Judge Vescovo for a settlement conf.; The court requests that the conf. be conducted as expeditiously as possible; (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 01/08/2002)

Jan. 7, 2002

Jan. 7, 2002

82

MOTION by defendant Rent-A-Center, Inc. to strike , or in the alternative to enforce parties' agreement (BAG) (Entered: 01/24/2002)

Jan. 23, 2002

Jan. 23, 2002

83

MEMORANDUM by defendant Rent-A-Center, Inc. in support of motion to strike [82-1], of motion to enforce parties' agreement [82-2]; w/exhibits (BAG) (Entered: 01/24/2002)

Jan. 23, 2002

Jan. 23, 2002

84

SETTING LETTER settlement conference set for 9:30 2/25/02 before Mag Judge Vescovo; (BAG) (Entered: 01/24/2002)

Jan. 23, 2002

Jan. 23, 2002

86

RESPONSE in Opposition by plaintiff E.E.O.C. to motion to strike [82-1], or in the alternative motion to enforce parties' agreement [82-2] (BAG) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 7, 2002

Feb. 7, 2002

87

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion response [86-1]; w/exhibits (document placed in separate folder) (BAG) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 7, 2002

Feb. 7, 2002

88

AFFIDAVIT of Faye A. Williams re [86-1] (BAG) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 7, 2002

Feb. 7, 2002

89

AFFIDAVIT of Deidre Smith re [86-1] (BAG) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 7, 2002

Feb. 7, 2002

90

MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. to bifurcate the issues of liability and individual relief during the trial of this case (BAG) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 7, 2002

Feb. 7, 2002

91

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff E.E.O.C. in support of motion to bifurcate the issues of liability and individual relief during the trial of this case (and to bifurcate the discovery in this case) [90-1] (BAG) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 7, 2002

Feb. 7, 2002

92

CERTIFICATE of Consultation by plaintiff E.E.O.C. re [90-1] (BAG) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 7, 2002

Feb. 7, 2002

93

ORDER On Defendant's Motion To Strike Or In The Alternative To Enforce The Parties' Agreement by Mag Judge Diane K. Vescovo; For the reasons that follow, the motion is granted in part and denied in part; The motion of Rent-A-Center to depose 70 the 70 add'l, potential claimants is granted; If the district court bifurcates the trial, the depositions are to be deferred until after the liability phase of the trial; If the court does not bifurcate the trial, the depositions are to be scheduled as soon as possible...; denying Rent-A-Center's motion to strike EEOC's supplemental Rule 26(a) disclosure [82-1]; granting in part and denying in part motion to enforce parties' agreement [82-2]; Request of Rent-A-Center for fees and expenses is likewise denied; Rent-A-Center's request for add'l time to designate an expert is granted in amount of 10 days from filing of this order on grounds that it was not aware of the large number of add'l claimants at time of expert disclosure ddl; (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 02/20/2002)

Feb. 20, 2002

Feb. 20, 2002

94

MEMORANDUM by defendant Rent-A-Center, Inc. in opposition to motion to bifurcate the issues of liability and individual relief during the trial of this case [90-1] (BAG) (Entered: 02/27/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002

Feb. 26, 2002

95

MOTION by defendant Rent-A-Center, Inc. for continuance and Memorandum in support of same (to continue current trial setting of 3/25/02) (BAG) (Entered: 03/01/2002)

Feb. 28, 2002

Feb. 28, 2002

96

NOTICE OF FILING OF Defendant's Designation of Expert Witness by defendant Rent-A-Center, Inc. (BAG) (Entered: 03/01/2002)

Feb. 28, 2002

Feb. 28, 2002

97

UNOPPOSED MOTION by plaintiff E.E.O.C. for leave to extend the deadline to designate an expert witness (BAG) Modified on 03/04/2002 (Entered: 03/04/2002)

March 1, 2002

March 1, 2002

99

CERTIFICATE of Consultation by plaintiff E.E.O.C. re [97-1] (BAG) (Entered: 03/04/2002)

March 1, 2002

March 1, 2002

100

ORDER Granting EEOC's Unopposed Motion For Leave To Extend The Deadline To Designate An Expert Witness by Judge Julia S. Gibbons granting motion for leave to extend the deadline to designate an expert witness; EEOC ordered to designate its expert witness by 3/12/02; (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 03/08/2002)

March 8, 2002

March 8, 2002

101

NOTICE To Court of Status of Case by plaintiff, defendant; (parties expect case will settle shortly after all administraive matters have been completed...) (BAG) (Entered: 07/16/2002)

July 15, 2002

July 15, 2002

102

ORDER Of Transfer by Judge Julia S. Gibbons Case transferred to Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. in exchange for case No. 00-2916, EEOC v. Northwest Airlines; (cc: all counsel) (BAG) (Entered: 09/05/2002)

Sept. 4, 2002

Sept. 4, 2002

Case Details

State / Territory: Tennessee

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 14, 1999

Closing Date: 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Four individual plaintiffs and a "class of other females who have been adversely affected" by sex discrimination in the employment process.

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

Rent-A-Center, Inc, Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Retailer

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Promotion

Testing

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits