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Case Name EEOC v. United Air Lines, Inc. EE-IL-0240
Docket / Court 03 C 00812 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, against United Airlines, Inc., an international airline. The complaint, filed in February 2003, alleged disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with ... read more >
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, against United Airlines, Inc., an international airline. The complaint, filed in February 2003, alleged disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); specifically that Defendant had discriminated and retaliated against the charging party when it failed provide a reasonable accommodation for him.

In April 2004 a consent decree was entered that was valid for 2 years. The decree prohibited Defendant from discriminating against employees or applicants based on disability and failing to make a reasonable accommodation for any qualified employee or applicant with a disability. Defendant was required to pay the charging party $200,000 in damages (subject to Defendant's bankruptcy proceedings), keep the charging party in Extended Illness Status until she was eligible to retire, post and distribute a notice of non-discrimination at its facility, provide employment discrimination training, and maintain records of any complaints of disability discrimination or failure to accommodate from employees or applicants.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/28/2007


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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
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) United Air Lines, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:03-cv-00812 (N.D. Ill.) 05/26/2004
EE-IL-0240-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Nature of the Action 02/04/2003
EE-IL-0240-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 04/15/2004
EE-IL-0240-0002 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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