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Case Name EEOC v. YELLOW FREIGHT SYSTEM, INC. EE-IL-0256
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-02725 ( 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 May 1998, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this suit against Yellow Freight Systems, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The available documents show that the EEOC alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and retaliation. ... read more >
In May 1998, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this suit against Yellow Freight Systems, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The available documents show that the EEOC alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and retaliation. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that Yellow Freight terminated a male employee because of his AIDS-related illness and in retaliation for filing a complaint with the EEOC. In June 1998, the complainant intervened in the suit.

After engaging in discovery, an attempt at settlement was made, but no agreement was reached between the parties.

The defendant eventually filed a motion for summary judgment in April 1999, which was granted in August 1999, and the case was dismissed. The EEOC and intervenor plaintiff filed a notice of appeal the next month. The appeal was heard by the Seventh Circuit, and the decision of the district court was affirmed in August 2001. E.E.O.C. v. Yellow Freight System, Inc., 253 F.3d 943 (7th Cir. 2001).

Kevin Wilemon - 10/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Yellow Freight Systems, 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 1999
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)
1:98-cv-02725 (N.D. Ill.) 08/06/2001
EE-IL-0256-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
99-3415 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 08/07/2001
EE-IL-0256-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Appellate Decision 04/04/2000 (253 F.3d 943)
EE-IL-0256-0001 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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