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Case Name EEOC v. FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION EE-AL-0034
Docket / Court 2:96-cv-03108-SCP ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In November 1996, the EEOC district office in Birmingham, Alabama brought this suit against the Federal Express Corporation, an international parcel courier, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Although the complaint is currently unavailable, the order for partial ... read more >
In November 1996, the EEOC district office in Birmingham, Alabama brought this suit against the Federal Express Corporation, an international parcel courier, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Although the complaint is currently unavailable, the order for partial summary judgment states that the EEOC alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The aggrieved employee claimed that Federal Express failed to reasonably accommodate her after the defendant determined the aggrieved employee could not fulfill her courier duties.

Both parties moved for summary judgment, and in May 1998 the court granted the defendant's motion on the dispositive issue of whether the employer had in fact made reasonable accommodation efforts. The court noted that Federal Express attempted to accommodate the aggrieved employee by (1) allowing her ninety days to apply for any other job with Federal Express that she was qualified for; (2) provided her with access to a weekly comprehensive list of open positions; (3) giving her an unlimited number of Job Change Applications; (4) giving her preferential hiring status to any lateral or lower position within the Federal Express Ground division; and (5) making Federal Express' Human Capital Management Committee available to consider any proposed accommodation the aggrieved employee may request. The court ruled that the aforementioned attempts at accommodation were reasonable as a matter of law. The aggrieved employee appealed the decision of the District Court but lost when the appellate court affirmed.

Jason Chester - 06/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Federal Express Corporation
Federal Express Corporation
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)
2:96-cv-03108-SCP (N.D. Ala.) 08/26/1999
EE-AL-0034-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 05/08/1998 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0034-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 05/08/1998 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0034-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Table Opinion] 04/23/1999 (180 F.3d 271)
EE-AL-0034-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | 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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