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Case Name EEOC v. THE CHASE MANHATTAN BANK and UNUM LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA EE-NY-0166
Docket / Court 1:97-cv-06620-WK ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1997, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Chase Manhattan Bank and Unum Life Insurance Company. The complaint alleged that the health insurance provided to employees of Chase violated the Americans ... read more >
In September 1997, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Chase Manhattan Bank and Unum Life Insurance Company. The complaint alleged that the health insurance provided to employees of Chase violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because the benefits for those suffering from mental disorders were not as generous as those for employees with physical disabilities.

Both defendants moved to dismiss the complaint. In December of 1998, the district court granted the motions, holding that the ADA "does not mandate equal benefits for different disabilities." Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. The Chase Manhattan Bank, No. 97 Civ. 6620, 1998 WL 851605, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 8, 1998). The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in March 2000. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Staten Island Savings Bank, 207 F.3d 144 (2nd Cir. 2000).

Jason Chester - 06/03/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
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) Chase Manhattan Bank
The Chase Manhattan Bank
UNUM Life Insurance Company of America
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 1998
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)
1:97-cv-06620-WK (S.D.N.Y.) 12/13/2000
EE-NY-0166-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
99-6035 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 05/10/2001
EE-NY-0166-9001.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Memorandum and Order 12/08/1998 (1998 WL 851605 / 1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 19092) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0166-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
[Court of Appeals Decision] 03/23/2000 (207 F.3d 144)
EE-NY-0166-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | 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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