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Case Name EEOC v. SPHERION STAFFING GROUP AGENCY EE-TX-0334
Docket / Court A-04-CA-632 ( W.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the EEOC district office in San Antonio, Texas brought this suit against the Spherion Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The complaint contains the allegations of two deaf people claiming the defendant discriminated against them by not ... read more >
In September 2004, the EEOC district office in San Antonio, Texas brought this suit against the Spherion Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The complaint contains the allegations of two deaf people claiming the defendant discriminated against them by not hiring and not reasonably accommodating them in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The defendant moved for summary judgment, but the motion was denied. On the eve of trial, the parties came to terms in August of 2006.

In the consent decree, the defendant agreed to (1) not discriminate on the basis of disability; (2) pay all aggrieved persons a total of $78,300; (3) retain and revise its current reasonable accommodation policy; (4) provide no less than four hours of ADA training to all of its managers and employees involved in training and recruitment; (5) post jobs in ways accessible to the deaf or hearing impaired; (6) provide a means of communicating with deaf job applicants for the purpose of interviews.

Jason Chester - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Disability
Hearing impairment
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sherion Corporation
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 - 2008
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)
1:04-cv-00632-LY (W.D. Tex.) 08/18/2006
EE-TX-0334-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2004
EE-TX-0334-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor's Complaint 03/18/2005
EE-TX-0334-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/18/2006
EE-TX-0334-0003 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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