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Case Name EEOC v. OAK-RITE MFG. CORP. EE-IN-0078
Docket / Court IP99-1962-C-H/G ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 1999, the Indianapolis District Office filed this suit against Oak-Rite Manufacturing Corporation, a metal-working factory, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the Court's opinion, the complaint ... read more >
In December 1999, the Indianapolis District Office filed this suit against Oak-Rite Manufacturing Corporation, a metal-working factory, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the Court's opinion, the complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate the charging party's religious beliefs. Specifically, the defendant did not hire the charging party, a female employee, because she refused to comply with a pants-only safety policy, claiming that it violated her religious beliefs which required her to wear a long skirt. In November 2000, the plaintiff filed a partial motion for summary judgment regarding a record-keeping provision of Title VII. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in December 2000 regarding the religious discrimination charges. The Court granted both motions in August 2001, finding for the defendant on the religious discrimination charges. Therefore, the plaintiff did not obtain relief except for an injunction ordering the defendant to comply with the record-keeping provisions of Title VII.

Michele Marxkors - 06/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Oak-Rite Manufacturing Corporation
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 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)
IP99-C-1962 -H/G (S.D. Ind.) 05/25/2006
EE-IN-0078-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Opinion: Entry on Summary Judgment Motions 08/27/2001 (2001 WL 1168156 / 2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15621) (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0078-0001.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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