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Case Name EEOC v. STOWE-PHARR MILLS INC (d/b/a PHARR YARNS) EE-NC-0105
Docket / Court 3:97-cv-00150 ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 1997, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Stowe-Pharr Mills, Inc. (d/b/a Pharr Yarns), a textile manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the consent ... read more >
In April 1997, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Stowe-Pharr Mills, Inc. (d/b/a Pharr Yarns), a textile manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the consent decree, the complaint alleged that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA") by failing to reasonably accommodate the charging party's disability, osteoarthritis, and by terminating her as a result of her disability. In July 1998, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. The motion was granted in November 1998, and a judgment was entered in favor of the defendant dismissing the case. The EEOC filed a notice of appeal in January 1999, and the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case in August 2000. See E.E.O.C. v. Stowe-Pharr Mills, Inc., 216 F.3d 373 (4th Cir. 2000). The defendant then filed another motion for summary judgment which was denied in April 2001. The parties finally settled in September 2001 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree contained a non-discrimination clause and required the defendant to: expunge the charging party's personnel file from all references to the charge of discrimination, provide her with a neutral job reference, and pay her $20,000. In addition, the defendant agreed to: post an employee notice, provide ADA training for all its supervisors and managers, and report to the EEOC annually.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Stowe-Pharr Mills, 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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1998 - 2000
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)
3:97-cv-00150 (W.D.N.C.) 10/15/2003
EE-NC-0105-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Court of Appeals] 06/19/2000 (216 F.3d 373)
EE-NC-0105-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 04/24/2001 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0105-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 09/28/2001
EE-NC-0105-0003.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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