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Case Name EEOC v. BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO EE-AZ-0020
Docket / Court CIV 04 2007 PHX FJM ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the EEOC's Phoenix District Office brought this suit against Blockbuster, a video rental chain, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that Blockbuster ... read more >
In September 2004, the EEOC's Phoenix District Office brought this suit against Blockbuster, a video rental chain, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that Blockbuster violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to make a reasonable accommodate for the charging party's religious beliefs. Specifically, the defendant refused to allow the charging party, a Jewish employee, to wear his yarmulke at work in contradiction of his religious beliefs. The parties settled in June 2005 through a consent decree.

According to the EEOC press release, the two-year decree required the defendant to: provide Title VII training for its employees, post notices prohibiting Title VII discrimination, amend its employee handbook to provide for exceptions to the dress code to accommodate employees' religious beliefs, send the charging party an apology letter, and pay the charging party $50,000.

Michele Marxkors - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Blockbuster, Inc.
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 2005 - 2007
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)
2:04-cv-02007-FJM (D. Ariz.) 02/05/2007
EE-AZ-0020-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Litigation Settlements (June 2005) 06/08/2005
EE-AZ-0020-0001 PDF | Detail
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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