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Case Name EEOC v. SOO LINE RAILROAD COMPANY dba CP RAIL SYSTEM EE-MN-0061
Docket / Court 99-940 JMR/FLN ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Milwaukee district office sued Soo Line Railroad Company, a Northern-Midwest railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Rail System, on June 21, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Soo Line violated the Americans with ... read more >
The EEOC's Milwaukee district office sued Soo Line Railroad Company, a Northern-Midwest railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Rail System, on June 21, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Soo Line violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to hire a man based on his prior history of disability (a prior ankle and neck injury) due to a company medical system which screens out numerous people with histories of disability. The parties entered into a settlement conference with the court in January 2000 which culminated in a consent decree on April 27, 2000. The consent decree stipulated that Soo Line would pay $68,175 in damages to the aggrieved applicant, comply with the ADA in the future and provide individualized medical examinations to determine fitness for work, issue a statement to all employees emphasizing compliance with the ADA, and certify compliance with the consent decree to the EEOC after each section is accomplished.

Yin Zheng - 05/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Medical Exam / Inquiry
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Soo Line Railroad Company
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
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 2000 - 2003
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)
0:99-cv-00940-JMR-FLN (D. Minn.) 04/27/2000
EE-MN-0061-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation and Order for Dismissal 04/27/2000 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0061-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 04/27/2000
EE-MN-0061-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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