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Case Name EEOC v. SEARS ROEBUCK & CO EE-IL-0202
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-07282 ( 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 November 2004, the EEOC's Chicago District Office filed suit in United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Sears Roebuck and Company, alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the complaint, Sears Roebuck failed to live up to its ... read more >
In November 2004, the EEOC's Chicago District Office filed suit in United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Sears Roebuck and Company, alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the complaint, Sears Roebuck failed to live up to its obligations under the ADA to make reasonable accommodations when it enacted an inflexible company policy mandating a maximum of one year leave time and refused to grant exceptions for employees with disabilities.

Sears Roebuck moved to dismiss the case, but the motion was denied. On March 14, 2008, the parties notified the court that they would participate in mediation. As of April 22, 2008, the case was still ongoing.

Jason Chester - 05/23/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
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) Sears Roebuck & Company
Sears Roebuck & Company
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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
1:04-cv-07282 (N.D. Ill.) 03/14/2008
EE-IL-0202-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/10/2004
EE-IL-0202-0002.pdf | Detail
Statement [Order on Motion to Dismiss] 07/22/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0202-0003.pdf | Detail
Federal Court Says EEOC Disability Bias Lawsuit Against Sears Roebuck to Proceed 08/02/2005
EE-IL-0202-0001.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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