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Case Name EEOC v. SUPERVALU INC EE-WA-0090
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-00306-AAM ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2002, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Supervalu Inc. in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington alleging discrimination on the basis of religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the ... read more >
In September 2002, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Supervalu Inc. in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington alleging discrimination on the basis of religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant failed to reasonably accommodate the religious requirements of the complainant, an employee of the defendant, who was subsequently discharged. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree in April 2004.

The two-year decree, containing an anti-discrimination clause, required the defendant to: make certain reports to the EEOC and train its supervisors if the transportation facility was reopened, expunge complainant's records of any reference to the lawsuit, post notice of employee rights, evaluate and impose substantial discipline on managers permitting discrimination, and pay the complainant $12,586.80.

Daisy Manning - 11/01/2007


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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
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Supervalu, 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)
2:02-cv-00306-AAM (E.D. Wash.) 04/12/2004
EE-WA-0090-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/11/2002
EE-WA-0090-0001.pdf | Detail
(Proposed) Consent Decree and Order Dismissing Action 04/12/2004
EE-WA-0090-0002.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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