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Case Name EEOC v. YELLOW FREIGHT SYSTEMS, INC. EE-NY-0186
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-02270-THK ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 1998, the EEOC's New York City office filed this suit against Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., a trucking and transportation company, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging discrimination based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the EEOC ... read more >
In March 1998, the EEOC's New York City office filed this suit against Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., a trucking and transportation company, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging discrimination based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendant had failed to make a reasonable accommodation for an employee who had suffered a back injury and was unable to sit for long periods of time. Following two failed summary judgment motions and three and a half years, a magistrate judge ruled in the EEOC's favor in a bench trial in September 2002. The defendant was ordered to pay $156,867 in back pay including another $43,875.66 in pre-judgment interest and $50,000 in punitive damages.

Jason Chester - 07/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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) Yellow Freight System, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:98-cv-02270-THK (S.D.N.Y.) 11/27/2002
EE-NY-0186-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Office of General Counsel Annual Report (FY 2002) 06/16/2003
EE-NY-0186-0001 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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