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Case Name EEOC v. Von Hoffman Graphics, Inc. EE-MD-0124
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-02187-AMD ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Baltimore District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Von Hoffmann Graphics, Inc., which is a commercial printing company, in July of 2001, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The suit was based on an alleged violation of the American's With Disabilities Act, ... read more >
The Baltimore District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Von Hoffmann Graphics, Inc., which is a commercial printing company, in July of 2001, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The suit was based on an alleged violation of the American's With Disabilities Act, when a deaf employee contacted the EEOC about possible discrimination. The suit commenced and no major events took place for about a year. Then within a month of each other, both parties filed for summary judgment. The plaintiff's motion was denied and the defendant's motion was partially granted because, as the court reasoned, the employee was never constructively discharged. Finally the parties were ordered to a settlement conference and the result was a settlement.

A consent decree was signed in April of 2003. According to the terms of the consent decree, the complainant was to receive $54,000 and the defendant was enjoined from discriminating and retaliating and had to post notice of the suit in their Frederick, Maryland facility.

Alex Bean - 07/31/2007


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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
Retaliation Prohibition
Disability
Hearing impairment
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) Von Hoffmann Graphics, 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 not on record
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)
1:01-cv-02187-AMD (D. Md.) 04/07/2007
EE-MD-0124-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion [Regarding Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment] 12/23/2002 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0124-0002 PDF | Detail
Order 12/23/2002 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0124-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 04/07/2007
EE-MD-0124-0004 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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