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Case Name EEOC v. Daimler Chrysler EE-MI-0157
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-75137-RHC ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 2003, the EEOC district office in Detroit, Michigan brought this suit against the Daimler Chrysler Corporation, an international automobile manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated the Americans ... read more >
In December 2003, the EEOC district office in Detroit, Michigan brought this suit against the Daimler Chrysler Corporation, an international automobile manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) when it refused to reasonably accommodate an employee with a physical disability. Specifically, the defendant refused to provide her with a sign language interpreter at meetings or a device that would allow her to converse over the telephone.

The parties entered into a settlement agreement in January 2004. The defendant agreed to refrain from retaliating and discriminating based on disability, to pay the aggrieved employee $52,000, to provide her with an alpha-pager, to provide an interpreter for meetings, to engage in an interactive process if any other accommodations were needed, to expunge her employment record of any mention of this litigation, to post an EEO notice for three years, and provide EEO training. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for three years.

Jason Chester - 07/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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) Daimler Chrysler Coproration
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 2004 - 2007
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)
2:03-cv-75137-RHC (E.D. Mich.) 01/16/2004
EE-MI-0157-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 12/23/2003
EE-MI-0157-0001 PDF | Detail
Settlement Agreement 01/16/2004
EE-MI-0157-0002 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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