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Case Name EEOC v. WINDMILL INNS OF AMERICA (d/b/a WINDMILL INN OF ASHLAND) EE-OR-0022
Docket / Court 1:00-cv-03106-CO ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Seattle, WA office and Washington, DC office jointly filed this ADA lawsuit against the defendant, Windmill Inns of America in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Medford) on 09/29/2000. Windmill Inns of America, dba Windmill Inn of Ashland, is engaged in the hotel ... read more >
EEOC's Seattle, WA office and Washington, DC office jointly filed this ADA lawsuit against the defendant, Windmill Inns of America in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Medford) on 09/29/2000. Windmill Inns of America, dba Windmill Inn of Ashland, is engaged in the hotel business. EEOC alleged on behalf of a blind job applicant that the defendant refused to hire her as a receptionist at the Ashland Windmill Inn because of her disability. The individual complainant had five years of experience working as a hotel receptionist. The complainant did not intervene in the EEOC suit or file a separate lawsuit.

EEOC filed two motions compelling discovery. One was granted and the other partially granted. The parties then settled at a settlement conference held before Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin on 10/11/2001. The district court entered a consent judgment on 11/30/2001.

The consent decree lasted for 3 years and 90 days. Under the consent decree, the defendant would pay the individual complainant $35,000 in damages for causing her emotional distress. The defendant was required to institute an internal grievance procedure and provide training for its managers and supervisors at the Ashland Windmill Inn. Additionally, the defendant was required to post a notice of its EEO policies for the duration of the consent decree.

Justin Kanter - 07/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
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) Windmill Inns of America
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 2001 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
1:00-cv-03106-CO (D. Or.) 11/30/2001
EE-OR-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2000
EE-OR-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Civil Minutes [Order Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 04/18/2001 (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0022-0004.pdf | Detail
Civil Minutes [Order Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 08/16/2001 (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0022-0005.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 11/30/2001
EE-OR-0022-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC's FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 06/16/2003
EE-OR-0022-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Cooney, John P. (D. Or.) [Magistrate]
EE-OR-0022-0005 | EE-OR-0022-9000
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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