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Case Name EEOC v. LANDERS AUTO SALES, INC. EE-AR-0030
Docket / Court LR-C-99-122 ( 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
The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Landers Auto Sales, Inc., in February of 1999, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The suit was based on a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act ... read more >
The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Landers Auto Sales, Inc., in February of 1999, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The suit was based on a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by the defendant. In July the complainant, who intervened in the suit, was injured in a car accident, resulting in quadriplegia. The complainant required a wheel chair accessible office for him to resume his duties as a manager in a parts warehouse. The defendant refused to comply with this request and then retaliated against the complainant for complaining by demoting him. In August of 2000, a consent decree was ordered by the court.

The consent decree contained both monetary and injunctive relief. The monetary relief was in excess of $220,000. It consisted of a $160,000 check to be paid to the complainant along with his costs, which were $30,000. In addition, the defendant was required to hand over the title to the handicap van they were providing the complainant, which was valued at over $30,000. The injunctive relief contained a variety of items, including: expungment of complainant's record; a neutral reference in the future; removal of medical information from his record; ADA training for all supervisors at the Benton facility; making the Benton facility wheelchair accessible; and posting of Notice about the settlement.

Alex Bean - 06/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
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
Demotion
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Landers Auto Sales, 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 - 2001
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)
4:99-cv-00122-SWW (E.D. Ark.) 08/25/2000
EE-AR-0030-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/22/1999
EE-AR-0030-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 05/12/1999
EE-AR-0030-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 08/25/2000
EE-AR-0030-0003.pdf | Detail
EEOC Settles ADA Lawsuit for $220,000 Against Major Arkansas Auto Dealership 08/31/2000
EE-AR-0030-0004.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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