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Case Name EEOC v. Watkins Motor Lines, Inc. EE-OH-0081
Docket / Court 3:02-cv-00505-TMR-SLO ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Cleveland District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, against Watkins Motor Lines, Inc. The complaint was filed in October 2002, and though we do not have the complaint, the Appellate opinion indicates that the EEOC alleged a ... read more >
The Cleveland District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, against Watkins Motor Lines, Inc. The complaint was filed in October 2002, and though we do not have the complaint, the Appellate opinion indicates that the EEOC alleged a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act when Watkins fired the complainant due to his morbid obesity. In February 2004 Defendant moved for summary judgment. The motion was granted in December 2004 and the case was dismissed. The EEOC appealed in February 2005, but the judgment was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. This opinion can be found at 463 F.3d 436 (6th Circuit 2006).

Shankar Viswanathan - 08/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
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) Watkins Motor Lines
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)
05-3218 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 03/07/2007
EE-OH-0081-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:02-cv-00505-TMR-SLO (S.D. Ohio) 03/08/2007
EE-OH-0081-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Report and Recommendation 06/15/2004
EE-OH-0081-0001.pdf | Detail
Entry and Order Granting Objections to Magistrate's Report and Recommendation of Denial of Summary Judgment [], and Granting Defendant [] Motion for Summary Judgment, [] and Terminating Case 12/10/2004 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0081-0002.pdf | Detail
Opinion [Affirming the Opinion of the District Court] 09/12/2006 (463 F.3d 436)
EE-OH-0081-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Ovington, Sharon L. (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
EE-OH-0081-0001
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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