Alexander v. Fulton County
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
207 F.3d 1303 (11th Cir. 2000)
Eighteen current and former employees of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department (plaintiffs) brought claims of race discrimination against Fulton County, Georgia (Fulton County) and Sheriff Jacquelyn H. Barrett (defendants). The plaintiffs’ complaint alleged that the defendants maintained a pattern or practice of discriminating against white employees. After the completion of discovery, the defendants moved to sever the plaintiffs’ claims of discrimination, arguing that trying the cases together would lead to jury confusion and unfair prejudice to the defendants. The district court denied the motion and joined the plaintiffs’ claims. The jury returned a verdict for 15 of the 18 plaintiffs, finding that Fulton County had maintained a policy of discrimination against white employees and that Sheriff Barrett had intentionally discriminated against white employees. The defendants appealed, arguing the district court erred in joining the plaintiffs’ claims.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marcus, J.)
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