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Case Name EEOC v. Lausell EE-PR-0012
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-01977-JAF ( D.P.R. )
State/Territory Puerto Rico
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Miami district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Lausell, Inc., a Puerto Rico corporation, in September 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. The complaint alleged that Lausell had refused to make reasonable accommodations for an employee's diabetes, in ... read more >
The Miami district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Lausell, Inc., a Puerto Rico corporation, in September 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. The complaint alleged that Lausell had refused to make reasonable accommodations for an employee's diabetes, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that Lausell fired the employee due to this disability. In February 2008, the parties settled the case by entry of a consent decree.

The decree contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses. It also required the posting and distribution of a non-discrimination policy and annual training for employees. The decree, effective for three years, also had record-keeping provisions and required Lausell to annually report disability discrimination complaints. Additionally, Lausell agreed to pay $74,500 to the complainant.

Shankar Viswanathan - 05/19/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
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) Lausell, 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 2008 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
3:06-cv-01977-JAF (D.P.R.) 02/22/2008
EE-PR-0012-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2006
EE-PR-0012-0001 PDF | Detail
Amended Complaint 06/25/2007
EE-PR-0012-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 02/22/2008
EE-PR-0012-0003 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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