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Case Name EEOC v. PREFERRED MANAGEMENT CORPORATION EE-IN-0080
Docket / Court IP98-C-1697 -B/S ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC filed this suit in December 1998 against Preferred Home Healt Care and related corporate entities, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The suit alleged a pattern or practice of religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The ... read more >
The EEOC filed this suit in December 1998 against Preferred Home Healt Care and related corporate entities, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The suit alleged a pattern or practice of religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The owners of Preferred regard their company as a religious institution, believing that "Preferred is God's home health care agency." A number of employees alleged that Preferred made employment decisions on the basis of the individual's religion, and subjected employees to a hostile work environment.

The EEOC was successful on a partial motion for summary judgment. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment which was denied. EEOC v. Preferred Management Corp., 216 F. Supp. 2d 763 (S.D. Ind. 2002). In July 2002, an eight day trial was held, and the jury returned a partial verdict for the EEOC, awarding a total of $270,000 to six complainants. The court also entered injunctive relief, which included permanently enjoining the defendant from religious discrimination, requiring the defendant to distribute and post notice, and ordering the defendant to maintain a record of religious complaints. The defendant appealed the outcome but ultimately dismissed the appeal voluntarily.

William Burns - 03/28/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Preferred Management Corp
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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
02-3850 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 08/26/2003
EE-IN-0080-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
IP98-C-1697 -B/S (S.D. Ind.) 09/19/2003
EE-IN-0080-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Entry on All Pending Motions 03/01/2002 (216 F.Supp.2d 763) (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0080-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Entry on Preferred's Motion to Certify Interlocutory Appeal 04/05/2002 (2002 WL 598350 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 6506) (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0080-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Entry on Defendant's Rule 50 and Rule 59 Motions 09/20/2002 (226 F.Supp.2d 957) (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0080-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Entry on Pending Post-Trial Motions 09/24/2002 (2002 WL 311322316 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 18145) (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0080-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Injunction 10/04/2002 (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0080-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Order on Defendant's Motion to Stay 11/27/2002 (2002 WL 31757522 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 23551) (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0080-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 12/31/2002
EE-IN-0080-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Barker, Sarah Evans (S.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0080-0007
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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