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Case Name EEOC v. WORLD GYM FITNESS CENTERS, INC. EE-TX-0413
Docket / Court H-98-0913 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Houston district office sued World Fitness Centers, Inc., a Texas corporation, on March 31, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable; however, the EEOC's causes of action are listed in the consent decree, entered on November ... read more >
The EEOC's Houston district office sued World Fitness Centers, Inc., a Texas corporation, on March 31, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable; however, the EEOC's causes of action are listed in the consent decree, entered on November 19, 1998. The EEOC alleged that World Fitness violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it discriminated against one of its employees by terminating her as a receptionist because of her disability (epilepsy). The consent decree stipulated that World Fitness would pay $10,000 in damages to the aggrieved employee, will not discriminate in the future based on disability, will provide epilepsy education to its managerial and supervisory staff, and post a notice of compliance with the ADA.

Aaron Weismann - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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) World Fitness Centers, 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 1998 - 2000
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
4:98-cv-00913 (S.D. Tex.) 11/19/1998
EE-TX-0413-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 11/28/1998
EE-TX-0413-0001.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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