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Case Name EEOC v. THE DIAL CORPORATION EE-IA-0016
Docket / Court 3:02-CV-10109 ( S.D. Iowa )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Milwaukee office filed this suit on September 24, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Eastern Division. The EEOC alleged that defendant, The Dial Corporation, violated Title VII by using an employment test that discriminated against women and created an ... read more >
The EEOC's Milwaukee office filed this suit on September 24, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Eastern Division. The EEOC alleged that defendant, The Dial Corporation, violated Title VII by using an employment test that discriminated against women and created an unlawful disparate impact.

Cross-motions for summary judgment were both denied. The case went to trial and the jury found for the plaintiff. The defendant was ordered to pay $3,390,000 in back pay to 52 complainants and offer all complainants the positions they were denied. The defendant filed a notice of appeal on November 23, 2005. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's decision on November 17, 2006. EEOC v. Dial Corp., 469 F. 3d 735 ( 8th Cir. 2006).

Jason Chester - 10/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Hire
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Testing
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) The Dial 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 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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
05-4183 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 02/01/2007
EE-IA-0016-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:02-cv-10109-REL-RAW (S.D. Iowa) 05/11/2007
EE-IA-0016-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/04/2002
EE-IA-0016-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: summary judgment] 07/21/2004 (S.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0016-0006 PDF | Detail
Order 02/03/2005 (2005 WL 859274) (S.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0016-0011 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
EEOC Press Release 02/08/2005
EE-IA-0016-0010 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release 09/29/2005
EE-IA-0016-0009 PDF | Detail
Order for Judgment 09/29/2005 (2005 WL 2839977) (S.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0016-0012 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
[Affirming District Court Decision] 11/17/2006 (469 F.3d 735)
EE-IA-0016-0013 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Longstaff, Ronald Earl (S.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0016-0011 | EE-IA-0016-0012
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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