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Case Name United States v. City of Winter Springs EE-FL-0126
Docket / Court 99-CV-968-ORL-22A ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On August 4th, 1999, the the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Winter Springs, Florida in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The DOJ sought injunctive relief and ... read more >
On August 4th, 1999, the the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Winter Springs, Florida in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The DOJ sought injunctive relief and compensatory damages, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against a former employee of the City of Winter Springs Fire Department on the basis of religion.

The employee was a member of Branhamism (a fundamentalist Christian religion), whose practices include not displaying or participating in the display of decorations commonly associated with Christmas, not watching television, wearing conservative dress in public, daily reading of the bible, and listening to religious audio tapes. The complaint alleges that the defendant was aware of these religious observances, and despite this knowledge, ordered the employee to prepare Christmas decorations for display at the fire station. Furthermore, the defendant formally disciplined the employee after he complied, but told his supervisors that he did not want to take further part in similar activities. The employee was eventually discharged from employment.

A settlement agreement was reached. It states that the charging party accepted a sum of thirty thousand dollars in compensation, that the defendant acknowledges that it shall not engage in any act or practice discriminates on the basis of religion, and that the defendant shall not retaliate against any person.

The case was closed on August 14th, 2000.

Jennifer Hau - 11/11/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Fire
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Winter Springs
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of a member of a fundamentalist Christian religion
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
6:99-cv-00968-ACC (M.D. Fla.) 08/14/2000
EE-FL-0126-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 08/04/1999
EE-FL-0126-0001 PDF | External Link | Detail
Settlement Agreement 08/14/2000
EE-FL-0126-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Conway, Anne C. (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0126-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0126-0001 | EE-FL-0126-0002 | EE-FL-0126-9000
Hopkins, Ralph E (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-0002 | EE-FL-0126-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0126-0001 | EE-FL-0126-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0126-0001 | EE-FL-0126-0002 | EE-FL-0126-9000
Turner, Thomas W. (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-9000
White, Edward Douglass (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0126-0001
Wilson, Charles R. (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Brown, James G. (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-9000
Green, Dorothy F. (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-9000
Noah, Douglas T. (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-9000
Pendley, F. Scott (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-0002 | EE-FL-0126-9000
Other Lawyers Long, Lisa J. (Florida)
EE-FL-0126-9000

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