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Case Name EEOC v. Mothers Work, Inc. EE-TX-0234
Docket / Court 5:04-cv-00873-XR ( W.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004 the San Antonio District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Mother's Work, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of mental disability in violation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. ... read more >
In September 2004 the San Antonio District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Mother's Work, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of mental disability in violation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant terminated the complaining party from her position as regional manager due to her bipolar disorder. Following an unsuccessful motion for default by the EEOC, the defendant successfully terminated the case through summary judgment in May 2006. The EEOC appealed the decision in July 2006 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which affirmed the District Court's grant of summary judgment and denial of attorney's fees. Costs of $4,960.99 were taxed against the EEOC.

David Friedman - 05/12/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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) Mothers Work, 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 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)
5:04-cv-00873-XR (W.D. Tex.) 08/16/2007
EE-TX-0234-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2004
EE-TX-0234-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Setting Aside Entry of Default] 02/28/2005 (2005 WL 465400 / 2005 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2922) (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0234-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order [Re: Motions to Compel] 10/14/2005 (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0234-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 05/08/2006 (2006 WL 1280940 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 27156) (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0234-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order [Re: Attorney's Fees] 08/21/2006 (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0234-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Opinion Affirming S/J Grant] 06/21/2007 (233 Fed.Appx. 395)
EE-TX-0234-0004 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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