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Case Name EEOC v. RIVER WAFFLES, LLC EE-TN-0097
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-01225-JDT-sta ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2005, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against River Waffles, LLC and Collis Foods, Inc. (d/b/a Waffle House Restaurant) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, it appears from the ... read more >
In August 2005, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against River Waffles, LLC and Collis Foods, Inc. (d/b/a Waffle House Restaurant) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the "ADA") by terminating the charging party's employment because he had Hepatitis C. After some orders regarding an extension of time for the defendants to file their answer to the complaint, the parties settled in February 2006 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendants to: provide ADA training for all their employees at their Jackson location, post a notice of the decree, continue to post the posters required by the ADA, and pay the charging party $50,000.

Michele Marxkors - 07/25/2007


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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
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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) Collis Foods, Inc.
River Waffles, LLC
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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:05-cv-01225-JDT-sta (W.D. Tenn.) 02/19/2006
EE-TN-0097-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 02/19/2006
EE-TN-0097-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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