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Case Name EEOC v. SARA LEE CORPORATION EE-SC-0039
Docket / Court 4:99-cv-00522-PMD ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Charlotte district office sued Sara Lee Corporation on February 26, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The EEOC alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it discriminated based on physical disability (complex partial ... read more >
The EEOC's Charlotte district office sued Sara Lee Corporation on February 26, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The EEOC alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it discriminated based on physical disability (complex partial seizure) by failing to accommodate an employee's disability and not change her shift after deciding to change the shifts. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment on December 10, 1999, which was granted on February 24, 2000. The EEOC filed an appeal on April 20, 2000, but the appellate court affirmed the district court's decision.

Aaron Weismann - 07/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sara Lee 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 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 2000
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)
4:99-cv-00522-PMD (D.S.C.) 03/09/2001
EE-SC-0039-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
00-1534 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 03/26/2003
EE-SC-0039-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Granting S/J to Defendants] 02/24/2000 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0039-0001 PDF | Detail
Opinion [Affirming Decision of the District Court] 01/09/2001 (237 F.3d 349)
EE-SC-0039-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
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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