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Case Name EEOC v. ALLENDALE NURSING CENTRE (d/b/a CCG ALLENDALE INC) EE-MI-0004
Docket / Court 1:97-cv-00064-RHB ( W.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In January 1997, the EEOC district office in Detroit, Michigan brought this suit against the Allendale Nursing Centre, doing business as CCG Allendale, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The EEOC alleged that the defendant unlawfully discriminated against an ... read more >
In January 1997, the EEOC district office in Detroit, Michigan brought this suit against the Allendale Nursing Centre, doing business as CCG Allendale, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The EEOC alleged that the defendant unlawfully discriminated against an employee on the basis of religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it terminated her because she refused to provide a Social Security number. The employee argued that because the Bible teaches that it is wrong to steal, it would be a sin to give the Social Security Administration the ability to "steal" her money.

Both parties moved for summary judgment, and in March of 1998 the court ruled in favor of the defendant, on the grounds that the employee was required by law to obtain a Social Security number, and that the employer would be subject to penalties if it paid wages without reporting an employee's Social Security number. E.E.O.C. v. Allendale Nursing Centre, 996 F.Supp. 712 (W.D.Mich. 1998). On the court's view, "Allendale Nursing Centre is not the party with whom the Plaintiff has a dispute," and "if the Plaintiff disagrees with underlying law, it should dispute the matter with the IRS." Id. at 717.

The EEOC appealed, but the the appeal was voluntarily withdrawn.

Jason Chester - 07/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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) Allendale Nursing Centre
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 1998
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-00064-RHB (W.D. Mich.) 10/01/1998
EE-MI-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Opinion 03/06/1998 (996 F.Supp. 712) (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0004-0001 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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