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Case Name EEOC v. REKREM, INC. d/b/a WHOLE FOODS OF SOHO EE-NY-0137
Docket / Court 1:00-cv-07239-CBM ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New York Office of the EEOC filed this action in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Defendant was Rekrem, Inc., doing business as Whole Foods, a retailer of natural and organic foods. The controversy involved the alleged failure of the Defendant to reasonably ... read more >
The New York Office of the EEOC filed this action in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Defendant was Rekrem, Inc., doing business as Whole Foods, a retailer of natural and organic foods. The controversy involved the alleged failure of the Defendant to reasonably accommodate a group of Muslim employees who wished to pray during their lunch, as well as alleged discharge on the basis of religion. The lawsuit was filed in September of 2000 and was eventually resolved by consent decree in March of 2002. The complainants attempted to intervene in the case, with ten of them being allowed to do so and one being denied. EEOC v. Rekrem, Inc., 199 F.R.D. 526 (S.D.N.Y. 2001). The original law firm for the defendants attempted to squash a subpoena, which was granted in part and denied in part. EEOC v. Rekrem, Inc., No. 00 CIV. 7239(CBM), 2002 WL 27776 (S.D.N.Y. 2002). The complainants were awarded a total of $715,000. The details of the payments and what injunctive relief was garnered are unknown however as the consent decree is not publicly available.

Tony Verticchio - 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
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) Rekrem, 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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
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)
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  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)
1:00-cv-07239-CBM (S.D.N.Y.) 03/12/2002
EE-NY-0137-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order 04/06/2001 (199 F.R.D. 526) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0137-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Regarding Non-Party JLSK's Motion to Quash] 01/10/2002 (2002 WL 27776 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 252) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0137-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
EEOC Press Release 09/30/2002
EE-NY-0137-0002.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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