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Case Name EEOC v. Johnson Controls, Inc. EE-MI-0091
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-00109-GJQ ( W.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
The Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, against Johnson Controls, Inc. The complaint, filed in February 2003, alleged discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), specifically ... read more >
The Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, against Johnson Controls, Inc. The complaint, filed in February 2003, alleged discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), specifically that Defendant failed to reasonably accommodate the charging party and terminated his employment based on his disability, kidney failure.

In March 2004 the parties entered into a consent decree. The decree, valid for two years, required Defendant to pay charging party $55,000. Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of the ADA, and required to post a notice of non-discrimination and provide employment discrimination training to its employees.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/26/2007


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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
Accommodation / Leave
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) Johnson Controls, 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 2004 - 2006
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)
1:03-cv-00109-GJQ (W.D. Mich.) 03/12/2004
EE-MI-0091-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/18/2003
EE-MI-0091-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/12/2004
EE-MI-0091-0002.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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