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Case Name White v. S.O.G. Specialty Knives & Tools, Inc. EE-WA-0114
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-01800-MJP ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On October 27, 2005, the United States Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit against the S.O.G. Specialty Knives Inc. under 38 U.S.C. § 4301, et seq. ("USERRA") in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and monetary ... read more >
On October 27, 2005, the United States Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit against the S.O.G. Specialty Knives Inc. under 38 U.S.C. § 4301, et seq. ("USERRA") in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated USERRA, by terminating and refusing to rehire an employee to his original position after taking a military leave of absence.

The plaintiff alleged that he was originally terminated shortly after he told his employer that he was to be deployed to Iraq. When he returned from service his original position had been filled and he was offered another position for which he had no experience and was offered no training. He was later fired from this position and given no explanation for these actions.

On 11/01/2005, the District Court (Judge Marsha J. Pechman) entered a Consent Decree approved by both parties. S.O.G. Specialty Knives Inc. agreed to provide the plaintiff with compensatory back-payments.

We have no further information on this case.

Jane Wu - 11/05/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. § 4301
Defendant(s) S.O.G. Specialty Knives Inc
Plaintiff Description U.S. on behalf of an employee who served in the armed forces
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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:05-cv-01800-MJP (W.D. Wash.) 11/01/2005
EE-WA-0114-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/27/2005
EE-WA-0114-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 11/01/2005
EE-WA-0114-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Pechman, Marsha J. (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0114-0002 | EE-WA-0114-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Danis, Jodi B (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0114-0001 | EE-WA-0114-0002
Kipnis, Brian C (Washington)
EE-WA-0114-0001 | EE-WA-0114-0002 | EE-WA-0114-9000
Mckay, John (Washington)
EE-WA-0114-0001 | EE-WA-0114-0002
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0114-0002
Spellman, Carney Badley (Washington)
EE-WA-0114-0002
Wasserman, Carl D (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0114-0001 | EE-WA-0114-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Kagan, Kenneth S (Washington)
EE-WA-0114-0002 | EE-WA-0114-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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