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Case Name EEOC v. UNITED BLOOD SERVICES, BLOOD SYSTEMS, INC. & LIFES EE-IL-0234
Docket / Court 99C-2060 ( 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
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, against United Blood Services and Blood System, Inc. which together make up United Blood, a national firm in the business of collecting blood from donors and providing it to ... read more >
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, against United Blood Services and Blood System, Inc. which together make up United Blood, a national firm in the business of collecting blood from donors and providing it to hospitals. The complaint, filed in March 1999, alleged disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); specifically that Defendant's medical leave policy illegally required termination of a class of employees with disabilities after 120 days without consideration of whether an extension would be a reasonable accommodation.

In July 1999, Defendant filed for summary judgment, but the motion was denied in December 1999. In January 2001 the EEOC filed for summary judgment, but the motion was denied in May 2001. The parties entered into a consent decree in August 2001. The decree, which was valid for one year, required Defendant to pay a total of $650,000 to 23 class members and restore the original hire date for some of the charging parties. Defendant was enjoined from violating the ADA in the future and required to provide ADA training for its managers, post a notice of anti-discrimination at its facility, adopt and implement a leave of absence policy, and regularly report to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/05/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Position Restored
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Retroactive Senority
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
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) Blood Systems, Inc.
Institute for Transfusion Medicine
Lifesource Blood Services
United Blood Services
United Blood Services
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 2001 - 2002
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)
1:99-cv-02060 (N.D. Ill.) 11/01/2001
EE-IL-0234-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Agreed Amended Protective Order 02/15/2001 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0234-0003 PDF | Detail
Order and Consent Decree 08/21/2001 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0234-0001 PDF | Detail
EEOC Settles Disability Bias Suit for $650,000 Against United Blood 08/21/2001
EE-IL-0234-0004 PDF | Detail
Agreed Order 11/01/2001 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0234-0002 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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