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Case Name EEOC v. MCKNIGHT PLYWOOD, INC. EE-AR-0033
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-00143-JMM ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In November 1998, the Memphis and Little Rock offices of the EEOC brought this suit against McKnight Plywood, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The complaint alleged that the defendant failed to reasonably accommodate and discharged the claimant because of his ... read more >
In November 1998, the Memphis and Little Rock offices of the EEOC brought this suit against McKnight Plywood, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The complaint alleged that the defendant failed to reasonably accommodate and discharged the claimant because of his disability (alcoholism) in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The defendant moved to dismiss because it was engaged in bankruptcy proceedings, which was denied. The parties settled by entry of a consent decree in March 2000.

The two year consent decree required the defendant to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities; refrain from discrimination and retaliation because of a disability; provide training on the requirements of the ADA to all management employees; distribute its ADA policy to all employees; post notice pursuant to the ADA; and give the claimant an unsecured bankruptcy claim against the defendant in the amount of $5000.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
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) McKnight Plywood, 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 2000 - 2002
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)
2:98-cv-00143-JMM (E.D. Ark.) 03/30/2000
EE-AR-0033-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/09/1998
EE-AR-0033-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion to Dismiss] 01/13/1999 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0033-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 03/30/2000
EE-AR-0033-0003 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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