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Case Name EEOC v. AUTONATION USA CORPORATION EE-AZ-0008
Docket / Court 2:99-cv-01765-JWS ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1999, the Phoenix Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Autonation USA Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the 9th Circuit ... read more >
In September 1999, the Phoenix Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Autonation USA Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the 9th Circuit appellate decision that the complaint alleged the defendant discriminated against the charging party on the basis of religion, Christianity, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate complainant's wish not to work on Sundays. Following discovery, the defendant moved for summary judgment in April 2001, which was granted in July 2001. The EEOC appealed in September 2001 to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which was accepted November 2001 as docket number 01-17064. The 9th Circuit affirmed the District Court's grant of summary judgment in this case, with Circuit Judge Paez dissenting and filing an opinion. The non-citable case may be found at E.E.O.C. v. AutoNation USA Corp., 52 Fed.Appx. 327, 2002 WL 31650749 (C.A.9 (Ariz.)).

David Friedman - 10/01/2007


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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
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Autonation USA 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 2001
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)
2:99-cv-01765-JWS (D. Ariz.) 01/31/2003
EE-AZ-0008-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum 11/22/2002 (52 Fed.Appx. 327)
EE-AZ-0008-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Hamilton, Phyllis Jean (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-AZ-0008-0001
McKeown, M. Margaret (Ninth Circuit)
EE-AZ-0008-0001
Paez, Richard A. (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
EE-AZ-0008-0001
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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