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Case Name EEOC v. WAL-MART STORES, INC. (TRAVER) EE-IL-0249
Docket / Court 98-C-7023 ( 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 EEOC's Chicago district office sued Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on November 3, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it discriminated based on disability. The defendant filed a ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago district office sued Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on November 3, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it discriminated based on disability. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in March 2000, which was denied in September 2000. The parties entered into a consent decree on December 27, 2001, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the complainant $277,287.57 in damages, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, provide Title VII training to its managers, revise its EEO policy, create a reasonable accommodation procedure, provide for an EEO compliance official and special master, abolish the "Matrix of Essential Job Functions," and report complaints of disability discrimination to the EEOC and the special master annually.

Aaron Weismann - 07/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitor/Master
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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) Wal-Mart Stores, 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 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
1:98-cv-07023 (N.D. Ill.) 12/27/2001
EE-IL-0249-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 12/27/2001
EE-IL-0249-0001 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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