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Case Name EEOC v. Sanmina-SCI Corporation EE-AZ-0094
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-02000-EHC ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Phoenix, AZ office filed this Title VII lawsuit based on religion. The defendant was a foreign corporation named Sanmina-SCI Corporation. The defendant operated an electronics manufacturing plant in Phoenix, AZ. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the District of ... read more >
EEOC's Phoenix, AZ office filed this Title VII lawsuit based on religion. The defendant was a foreign corporation named Sanmina-SCI Corporation. The defendant operated an electronics manufacturing plant in Phoenix, AZ. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the District of Arizona (Phoenix) on 09/23/2004.

EEOC alleged on behalf of a former employee that he was not rehired after layoff because of his religion, Sikh, which required him to carry a knife while at work. The individual complainant did not intervene in the lawsuit or file a separate suit.

The district court scheduled a settlement conference for the parties initially but cancelled it later. Thereafter, the defendant moved for summary judgment. District Judge Earl H. Carroll granted the summary judgment motion, holding that the allegation of the effect of a discriminatory act should be dismissed when the allegation of the act is time-barred even though the allegation of the effect of the act is not.

After the dismissal of the case, the defendant moved for sanctions against EEOC and EEOC appealed to the Ninth Circuit regarding the summary judgment. When the defendant later withdrew the sanction motion, EEOC also voluntarily dismissed the appeal.

Justin Kanter - 08/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Sanmina-SCI Corp.
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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
2:04-cv-02000-EHC (D. Ariz.) 03/20/2007
EE-AZ-0094-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Order [Granting S/J for Defendants] 03/29/2006 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0094-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [Granting Motion to Withdraw Appeal] 03/16/2007
EE-AZ-0094-0002 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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