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Case Name EEOC v. Magna Donnelly, Inc. EE-MI-0048
Docket / Court 5:04-cv-00168-RAE ( W.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 30, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan against the Magna Donnelly Corp., Inc., a for profit corporation, under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC claimed that the ... read more >
On September 30, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan against the Magna Donnelly Corp., Inc., a for profit corporation, under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC claimed that the corporation had failed to reasonably accommodate a woman who was able to perform the essential functions of the position yet suffered from disabilities, including multiple sclerosis. The EEOC asked the court to permanently enjoin the corporation from engaging in unlawful employment practice as well as grant relief to those employees against whom the discrimination had occurred.

Over the course of the next year, a number of settlement conferences were scheduled between the parties to take place before Magistrate Judge Ellen S. Carmod. And on October 26, 2005, Magistrate Judge Carmod granted plaintiffs' unopposed motion to consolidate the case with the ongoing litigation in EEOC. v Magna Donnelly Corporation, Inc., EE-MI-0047. Both cases had been brought under the ADA, and dealt with the same corporation's employment discrimination practices and policies. Settlement conferences continued between the parties, and a proposed consent decree was submitted to the court on November 28, 2006.

On December 15, 2006, United States District Judge Richard A. Enslen approved the consent decree and dismissed the case with prejudice and without costs to either party. The decree included monetary compensation for back pay to the injured employees, totaling $100,000. The corporation also agreed to provide ADA training in the normal course to managers, supervisors, and human resources staff according to a training program developed by defense counsel that had been reviewed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The decree also included a retaliatory prohibition. The decree would remain in effect for one year and include reporting to the EEOC to ensure compliance.

Richard Jolly - 10/11/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Disability
disability, unspecified
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Mental Disability
Multiple sclerosis
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Magna Donnelly Corp., 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 2006 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-MI-0047 : EEOC v. Magna Donnelly Corporation, Inc. (W.D. Mich.)
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)
5:04-cv-00168-RAE (W.D. Mich.) 12/15/2006
EE-MI-0048-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 09/28/2004
EE-MI-0048-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Consolidation of Cases 10/07/2005
EE-MI-0048-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 12/15/2006
EE-MI-0048-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Enslen, Richard Alan (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0048-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dawkins, Robert (Michigan)
EE-MI-0048-0007
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0048-0006
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-MI-0048-0006 | EE-MI-0048-0007
Pitts, Stanley (Michigan)
EE-MI-0048-0006
Price, Dale (Michigan)
EE-MI-0048-0007 | EE-MI-0048-9000
Rapport, Adele (Michigan)
EE-MI-0048-0006 | EE-MI-0048-0007 | EE-MI-0048-9000
Young, Laurie A (Indiana)
EE-MI-0048-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Fraser, Jeffrey J. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0048-9000
Setterington, Stephanie R. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0048-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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