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Case Name EEOC v. FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY EE-MI-0063
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-71912-RHC ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, against Ford Motor Credit Company. The complaint, filed in May 2001, alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically ... read more >
The Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, against Ford Motor Credit Company. The complaint, filed in May 2001, alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically that Defendant had failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to the charging party and then discharged her for refusing to work during the Sabbath period from sunset on Friday to sunset on Sunday.

The Defendant filed for summary judgment in December 2001, but the motion was denied in March 2002. In June 2002 the parties entered into a consent decree, which had duration of one year. The decree required the defendant to pay a total of $70,000 in settlement of the claims. Defendant was prohibited from discriminating and retaliating in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws and was required to post a notice of discrimination at its facility and provide Title VII training to its managers and supervisors.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Ford Motor Credit Company
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 2002 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
2:01-cv-71912-RHC (E.D. Mich.) 06/21/2002
EE-MI-0063-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Denying Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 03/27/2002 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0063-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement 06/21/2002
EE-MI-0063-0002 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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