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Case Name EEOC v. Ameritech Services, Inc. EE-OH-0008
Docket / Court 1:97CV2106 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 1997, the EEOC's Cleveland office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Ameritech Services, Inc., alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Several local union ... read more >
In August 1997, the EEOC's Cleveland office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Ameritech Services, Inc., alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Several local union organizations were named as defendants as well because they were members of a collective bargaining agreement. The EEOC alleged that the principal defendant had unlawfully discriminated against female employees when it instituted a Pension Plan Enhancement Program that failed to give work-time credit to women when absent on maternity leave, thus failing to provide them with certain pension benefits. The defendant failed in its motion to transfer venue in September 1998 and withdrew its own motion to dismiss in February 2001. In May 2001 the defendant filed for summary judgment, which was followed by a cross-motion for summary judgment by the EEOC on July 2001. In February 2004, the court ruled on both and the defendant prevailed. The EEOC appealed the case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in April 2004. The appellate court, however, affirmed the judgment the following month.

Justin Kanter - 08/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Ameritech Services, Inc.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 165
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 188
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 336
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 383
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 399
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 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)
1:97-cv-02106-PRM (N.D. Ohio) 06/29/2005
EE-OH-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/15/1997
EE-OH-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order Re: Granting Ameritech's Motion for Summary Judgment 02/18/2004 (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Judgment Entry 02/18/2004 (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio [Opinion] 05/06/2005 (129 Fed.Appx. 953)
EE-OH-0008-0004.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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