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Case Name EEOC v. FIRESTONE FIBERS AND TEXTILES COMPANY EE-NC-0037
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-00467-RJC-DCK ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Firestone Fibers & Textiles Company, BFS Diversified Products, LLC, and Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina alleging the defendants ... read more >
In September 2004, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Firestone Fibers & Textiles Company, BFS Diversified Products, LLC, and Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina alleging the defendants discriminated against the charging party on the basis of religion, namely Christianity-Church of the Living God, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant failed to accommodate the religious beliefs of the charging party, a male employee, and discharged the charging party because of his religion. The charging party intervened in the lawsuit in December 2004. Following discovery, defendants successfully moved for summary judgment, which was granted in September 2006. The EEOC appealed this decision to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had not decided the case by the time the docket was captured for research purposes.

David Friedman - 10/11/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) BFS Diversified Products, LLC
Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.
Firestone Fibers & Textiles Company
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 2006
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)
3:04-cv-00467-RJC-DCK (W.D.N.C.) 12/28/2006
EE-NC-0037-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/09/2004
EE-NC-0037-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 12/17/2004
EE-NC-0037-0002.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Protective Order] 10/12/2005 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0037-0003.pdf | Detail
Memorandum and Order [Regarding Summary Judgment] 09/13/2006 (2006 WL 2620314) (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0037-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | 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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