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Case Name EEOC v. UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC EE-NJ-0100
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-01453-JAP-TJB ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against United Parcel Service, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in March 2006. The complaint alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. UPS allegedly failed to ... read more >
The New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against United Parcel Service, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in March 2006. The complaint alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. UPS allegedly failed to hire the complainant, who intervened in the EEOC's suit, because he refused to shave his beard, which he wears because of his observance of Rastafarianism. UPS policy does not allow drivers to have facial hair below the lip. UPS allegedly advised him to apply for a lower-paying job that did not involve contact with the public. There have been several contested discovery motions and an unsuccessful settlement conference in the case, which was ongoing in the district court as of 4/22/2008. On 4/16/2008, a status conference was held.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/28/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) United Parcel Service, 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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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-01453-JAP-TJB (D.N.J.) 04/16/2008
EE-NJ-0100-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/27/2006
EE-NJ-0100-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release 03/29/2006
EE-NJ-0100-0002.pdf | Detail
Complaint [Plaintiff-Intervenor Roniss Mason] 05/18/2006
EE-NJ-0100-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for a Protective Order] 04/09/2007 (D.N.J.)
EE-NJ-0100-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Protective Order 06/01/2007 (D.N.J.)
EE-NJ-0100-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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