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Case Name EEOC v. TARGET STORES, INC. EE-MN-0067
Docket / Court 0:01-cv-01646-DWF-AJB ( 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
In September 2001, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Target Stores, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations are unknown. However, the consent decree indicates the ... read more >
In September 2001, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Target Stores, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations are unknown. However, the consent decree indicates the EEOC alleged the defendant discriminated against the complainant, an employee with multiple sclerosis, by failing to make reasonable accommodation for the complainant in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in February 2002. Following several changes of the trail date, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree in February 2003.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to: report complaints to the EEOC, certify defendant has an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy as well as a policy for responding to requests for reasonable accommodations from employees, keep records of complaints, permit the EEOC to monitor the facilities and training sessions, expunge complainant's employment record of reference to the lawsuit, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide annual training, and agree to both comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and maintain the confidentiality of its employees' medical information.

David Friedman - 11/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Target Stores, Inc.
Target Stores, 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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
0:01-cv-01646-DWF-AJB (D. Minn.) 02/04/2003
EE-MN-0067-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release: "Target Corp. to Pay $95,000, Implement Training for Failure to Accommodate Disabled Worker" 01/15/2003
EE-MN-0067-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 02/04/2003
EE-MN-0067-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Frank, Donovan W. (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0067-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kamp, Jean P. (Ohio)
EE-MN-0067-9000
Vasichek, Laurie A. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0067-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lewis, Donald M (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0067-9000
Schmitt, Joseph G. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0067-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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