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Case Name EEOC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. EE-KS-0020
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-02072-KHV-DJW ( D. Kan. )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2004, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this suit against T-Mobile USA, Inc., an national cellular phone service provider, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ... read more >
In February 2004, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this suit against T-Mobile USA, Inc., an national cellular phone service provider, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to accommodate a blind job applicant.

The parties settled and a consent decree was entered in July 2005. In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of disability, pay the aggrieved party $40,000 in damages and $250 in release fees, develop an EEO policy for reasonable accommodation, provide national training for ALL of it managers, implement a digital complaint system that can be accessed through its homepage, establish a taskforce to evaluate all the technology in use and available to the company to accommodate blind individuals, post EEO notices, and appoint and internal manager to ensure compliance. No attorney's fees or court costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for one year.

Jason Chester - 06/30/2007


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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
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
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) T-Mobile USA, 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 2005 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:04-cv-02072-KHV-DJW (D. Kan.) 07/07/2005
EE-KS-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/24/2004
EE-KS-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/07/2005
EE-KS-0020-0002.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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