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Case Name EEOC v. ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS, INC & LOCAL 3-495, OIL, CHEMI EE-VA-0004
Docket / Court 98-0084-R ( W.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Baltimore Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Local 3-495, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, and OACW International Union, AFL-CIO, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in February 1998. According to the ... read more >
The Baltimore Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Local 3-495, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, and OACW International Union, AFL-CIO, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in February 1998. According to the unreported opinion granting summary judgment to the EEOC and denying summary judgment to the Defendants, the intervenor plaintiff was employed as a shop steward at Alliant Technologies. He became more religious over the years and decided that it would go against his Baptist beliefs to pay his union dues. He was unable to obtain a reasonable accommodation from the defendants for his religious belief, and he intervened in this suit, which was brought under Title VII's prohibition of religious discrimination.

There were several contested discovery motions and the motions for summary judgment mentioned above. According to the docket, in March 1999 the intervenor plaintiff won a judgment of $20,000, for which the Defendants were jointly and severally liable. The Defendants appealed the decision, but, according to the appeal docket, the parties voluntarily dismissed their appeal in December 1999 before a ruling was made.

Justin Kanter - 05/16/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Alliant Techsystems, Inc.
Local 3-495, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Int'l Union
Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Int'l Union, AFL-CIO
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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
99-1377 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 08/18/1999
EE-VA-0004-9001 PDF | Detail
7:98-cv-00084-jlk-gc (W.D. Va.) 12/02/1999
EE-VA-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion 09/18/1998 (1998 WL 777015) (W.D. Va.)
EE-VA-0004-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | 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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