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Publix Gender Discrimination Case files

Identifier: MSS 2012-0301

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of paperwork from the law firm of Thomas A. Warren, Tallahassee, Florida, as well as copies of most of the court filings in the case, divided into three series: Court Filings, Administrative, and Correspondence. Court filings include pleadings, motions, depositions, interrogatories, requests for documents, objections, responses, and other notices to Court among other types of legal documents. This makes up the bulk of the collection. The administrative documents consist primarily of witness files, the list of claimants, precedents and other legal research, interoffice memorandums, and other miscellaneous documents. The Correspondence files include a variety of counsel correspondence as well as "not qualified challenges" from individuals seeking to be included in the class action suit. The bulk of these documents cover the entire time frame of the suit.


  • Other: Majority of material found in 1995-1997
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2002


Conditions Governing Access

Users may access this collection at the Claude Pepper Library.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is open to research. However, since many records contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, researchers are requested to contact the Claude Pepper Library in advance of their visit so that staff may review these materials.

Biographical or Historical Information

In July of 1995, twelve current and former Publix employees filed a class-action lawsuit against Florida corporation Publix Supermarkets, Inc. alleging discrimination against the company's approximately 45,000 female employees. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Tampa, FL, with three law firms representing the plaintiffs. The paperwork in this collection represents the documents of attorney Thomas A. Warren, Tallahassee, Florida. The case ended with a $81.5 million dollar settlement in January, 1997, with Publix admitting no wrongdoing. Nearly 38,000 current and former employees were awarded in the suit. At the time it was considered the largest workplace discrimination case in terms of the number of people it covered.


158 boxes

63.20 Linear Feet

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Collection of documents detailing the course of a class action law suit filed against Publix Supermarkets, Inc. in 1995. The suit alleged gender discrimination against the company's female employees, represented nearly 40,000 women, and was eventually settled in 1997. The collection consists primarily of court filings filed with the Court between 1995-1997, but also includes in-house paperwork from Thomas A. Warren's law firm such as correspondence, record keeping, memorandums, research documents, and other miscellaneous documents that track the lifetime of the case from beginning to end.

Physical Location

Claude Pepper Library.

Custodial History

Inventoried, surveyed and processed by the Claude Pepper Library staff and students in February-March, 2012.

Source of Acquisition

Thomas A. Warren

Method of Acquisition

Donated by Thomas A. Warren to Florida State University, in 2002.


Publix Gender Discrimination Case files
Robert Rubero, KimBoo York, Lauren Turner, Josh Bolick, Deirdre Kilduff
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US