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Case Name EEOC v. ROBERTSON CHEATHAM FARMERS CORPORATION EE-TN-0098
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00297 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Nashville office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, against Robertson Cheatham Farmers Corporation. The complaint, filed in March 2001, alleged age discrimination (72 years old) in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment ... read more >
The Nashville office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, against Robertson Cheatham Farmers Corporation. The complaint, filed in March 2001, alleged age discrimination (72 years old) in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant discharged the charging party after the charging party refused to quit. Defendant claimed that it terminated charging party because of health concerns and safety and because his skills had deteriorated, but the EEOC presented evidence that the charging party was capable of performing his job duties. Defendant hired a 29 year old replacement the day after it discharged the charging party. The complaint for this case was not available.

Defendant moved for summary judgment in June 2002 but the motion was denied in November 2002. A three day jury trial took place in July 2003, in which the jury rendered a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $37,043.36. One week later Defendant moved for judgment as a matter of law or in the alternative a new trial, or for remittitur, but the motion was denied in September 2003. Defendant then appealed the case two weeks later, but the jury verdict was affirmed in January 2005.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Robertson Cheatham Farmers Cooperative
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 Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
3:01-cv-00297 (M.D. Tenn.) 04/20/2005
EE-TN-0098-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
FY 2003 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 01/05/2005
EE-TN-0098-0001.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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