Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. University of Phoenix, Inc.

Filing 332

ORDER - IT IS ORDERED permitting the Plaintiffs to proceed with the construction of this case as alleging a pattern or practice of discrimination. Signed by Judge Mary H Murguia on 9/19/08. (SAT)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Opportunity) ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) University of Phoenix, Inc., an Arizona) corporation, and Apollo Group, Inc., an) ) Arizona corporation, ) ) Defendants. ) ) E q u a l Employment Commission, No. CV-06-2303-PHX-MHM ORDER The Court has reviewed the parties' memoranda addressing the question of whether this action is properly considered a "pattern or practice" case. Although the Plaintiffs brought the action under 42 U.S.C. 2000e-5 (" 706") as opposed to 42 U.S.C. 2000e-6 (" 707") -- the traditional provision used for pattern or practice cases -- the Court finds that there is authority to support the Plaintiffs' claim that pattern or practice actions may be brought under either section. See EEOC v. Int'l Profit Associates, Inc., No. 01-C-4427, 2007 WL 3120069, at *2 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 23, 2007) ("the EEOC is statutorily authorized to bring a pattern or practice action to enjoin systematic unlawful employment practices, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 200e-2(a)(1), under either section 706 or 707."). The Defendants have cited to no authority to the contrary. Although the Plaintiffs had previously failed to specify that this is a pattern or practice case, the Defendants should have been on notice that the Plaintiffs intended to bring pattern or practice claims based on the number and type of allegations made 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 in the case. Further, the Defendants have not indicated how they will be prejudiced by such a reading of the Plaintiffs' Complaint; to the contrary, the Plaintiffs assert that this will have no effect on the type or amount of discovery in the case. Accordingly, the Court finds that the Plaintiffs may proceed with their pattern or practice claims. IT IS ORDERED permitting the Plaintiffs to proceed with the construction of this case as alleging a pattern or practice of discrimination. DATED this 19th day of September, 2008. -2-

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