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Case Name United States of America v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority EE-CA-0282
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-07699-JFW-JTL ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On September 16, 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The D.O.J. sought injunctive ... read more >
On September 16, 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The D.O.J. sought injunctive and remedial relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against employees and applicants for employment and a Bus Operator Trainee at the MTA on the basis of religion.

The complaint alleges that MTA discriminated against employees and applicants for employment on the basis of religion by: (1) failing or refusing to reasonably accommodate employees and applicants for employment who, in accordance with their religious practices and/or beliefs, were unable to work weekend shifts; (2) failing or refusing to hire applicants with such religious beliefs; and (3) failing or refusing to take appropriate action to eliminate and remedy the effects of such policies and practices. The complaint further alleges that MTA discriminated against a named employee by: (1) refusing to reasonably accommodate his religious belief and practice of observing the Sabbath from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday; (2) terminating his employment because of this religious practice; and (3) refusing to take appropriate action to remedy the effects of the discriminatory treatment against this employee.

On October 4, 2005, the district court (John F. Walter) entered a settlement agreement and order ordering the defendant to: (1) provide specific provisions for religious unpaid leave status; (2) create, adopt and provide to the DOJ, a written Religious Accommodation Policy tsetting forth specific rights and obligations of MTA; (3) modify its job marketing material to state that the MTA is an equal opportunity employer; (4) reschedule shifts for bus operators whose religious obligations interfere with their training session or work hours; (5)provide monetary relief to the named employee; and (6) train individuals regarding Title VII's prohibitions against religious discrimination and the religious accommodations.

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Hyun Jeong Yang - 11/05/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Hire
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Reasonable Accommodation
Recordkeeping
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
United Transportation Union
Plaintiff Description United States of America on behalf of a Jewish MTA employee and other employees that were denied religious accommodation
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
2:04-CV-07699 (C.D. Cal.) 06/15/2006
EE-CA-0282-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/16/2004
EE-CA-0282-0002 PDF | Detail
Settlement Agreement and (Proposed) Order 10/04/2005
EE-CA-0282-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Lum, Jennifer T. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0282-9000
Walter, John F. (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0282-0001 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ehrlich, Anat (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0282-0002 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0282-0001 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Gardner, Leslie M. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0282-0001
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0282-0001 | EE-CA-0282-0002 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Ruiz, Hector F. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0282-0001
Weidman, Leon W. (California)
EE-CA-0282-0002 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Yang, Deborah W. (California)
EE-CA-0282-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Fortner, Raymond G. Jr. (California)
EE-CA-0282-0001
Goodrich, Brenton F. (California)
EE-CA-0282-0001 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Reyna, Mary E. (California)
EE-CA-0282-0001 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Weinreb, Ira A. (California)
EE-CA-0282-0001 | EE-CA-0282-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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