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Case Name EEOC v. FRANK'S NURSERY AND CRAFTS, INC. EE-MI-0064
Docket / Court 2:96-cv-75021-LPZ ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In October 1996, the Detroit office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Frank's Nursery and Crafts, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimant by failing to promote the claimant ... read more >
In October 1996, the Detroit office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Frank's Nursery and Crafts, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimant by failing to promote the claimant because of her race (black). The defendant filed a motion to compel the claimant to arbitrate her claim, and the court granted the motion dismissing the EEOC's complaint. See Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc., 966 F.Supp. 500 (E.D. Mich. 1997). The EEOC appealed the decision in June 1997. Holding that the claimants signing of an arbitration agreement did not preclude the EEOC from bringing a suit on her behalf and that the EEOC did not need to demonstrate an existence of a class of affected individuals for equitable relief, the Sixth Circuit reversed and remanded the district court's decision in June 1999. See Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc., 177 F.3d 448 (6th Cir. 1999). The case was dismissed with prejudice based on the stipulation of the parties, probably due to settlement. No information was made available pertaining to the settlement.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race 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) Frank's Nursery and Crafts, Inc.
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 None
Unknown
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
97-1698 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 07/08/1999
EE-MI-0064-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:96-cv-75021-LPZ (E.D. Mich.) 07/19/1999
EE-MI-0064-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order 04/22/1997 (966 F.Supp. 500) (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0064-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Appellate Decision 04/23/1999 (177 F.3d 448)
EE-MI-0064-0003 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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