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Case Name EEOC v. United Air Lines, Inc. EE-IL-0239
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-05081 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 2002, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this ADA suit against United Air Lines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimant and others similarly situated by failing to hire them ... read more >
In July 2002, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this ADA suit against United Air Lines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimant and others similarly situated by failing to hire them because of their physical disability. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in April 2004.

The two year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination, pay the claimants $750,000 (in the form of an unsecured claim against United, who was in bankruptcy proceedings), offer the claimants four domestic traveling vouchers, give the claimant's applications priority, post notice, keep all records concerning implementation and complaints of disability discrimination or failure to reasonably accommodate, give the EEOC reports every six months on compliance and complaints of disability discrimination, distribute its policy against disability discrimination, and provide ADA training for all managers and supervisors and medical personnel who perform pre-employment medical exams.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Hiring
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) United Air Lines, 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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:02-cv-05081 (N.D. Ill.) 04/13/2004
EE-IL-0239-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 07/18/2002
EE-IL-0239-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order 04/13/2004
EE-IL-0239-0003.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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