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Case Name EEOC v. LOUISIANA GUEST HOUSE, INC. EE-LA-0054
Docket / Court 3:98-cv-00964-JVP ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In November 1998, the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Louisiana Guest House in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, ... read more >
In November 1998, the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Louisiana Guest House in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant failed to accommodate the charging party's religious beliefs by refusing to allow him to attend regular weekly Islamic prayer service unless his work was completed and by terminating him when the prayer service conflicted with a work assignment. The charging party intervened in the suit in January 1999. Thereafter, the EEOC and the defendant settled through a settlement agreement in February 1999, voluntarily dismissing their claims. The charging party and the defendant settled their remaining claims in June 1999.

The settlement agreement between the EEOC and the defendant required the defendant to: continue to post EEO and anti-discrimination notices, provide Title VII training for its administrators and managers, and pay the charging party $12,000.

Michele Marxkors - 07/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
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
Defendant(s) Louisiana Guest House
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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
3:98-cv-00964-JVP (M.D. La.) 10/09/2001
EE-LA-0054-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/13/1998
EE-LA-0054-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor Complaint 01/27/1999
EE-LA-0054-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Motion to Dismiss Complaint and Settlement Agreement 02/10/1999
EE-LA-0054-0003.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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