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Case Name EEOC v. UNITED AUTO WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION EE-MI-0158
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-73821-GCS ( 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 September 2003, the EEOC district office in Detroit, Michigan brought this suit against the United Auto Workers International Union 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 when ... read more >
In September 2003, the EEOC district office in Detroit, Michigan brought this suit against the United Auto Workers International Union 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 when it refused to accommodate a hearing- and vision-impaired employee's request for modified shift start times and an interpreter at union meetings.

A week after the suit was filed, in October 2003, a consent decree was entered. The defendant agreed to provide accommodations for the charging party, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of disability, post an EEO notice, and provide EEO training to its unions representatives, stewards, and committeemen. No monetary relief was obtained.

Jason Chester - 07/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
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) UNITED AUTO WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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-73821-GCS (E.D. Mich.) 10/06/2003
EE-MI-0158-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2003
EE-MI-0158-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/06/2003
EE-MI-0158-0002 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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