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Case Name Yorgensen v. Hollywood Ent Corp EE-ID-0033
Docket / Court 4:04-cv-00613-BLW ( D. Idaho )
Additional Docket(s) 4:04−cv−00478−BLW  [ 04-478 ]  Trial Court (ID)
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
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Case Summary
On May 13, 2004, a deaf woman filed this lawsuit in the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District of the State of Idaho. She sued Hollywood Entertainment Corporation (doing business as Hollywood Video) under the Idaho Human Rights Act, claiming the company discriminated against her on the ... read more >
On May 13, 2004, a deaf woman filed this lawsuit in the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District of the State of Idaho. She sued Hollywood Entertainment Corporation (doing business as Hollywood Video) under the Idaho Human Rights Act, claiming the company discriminated against her on the basis of her disability. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, requested monetary relief, attorney fees and costs, and a jury trial. The complaint alleged that the defendant employer assigned fewer work hours, assigned her only menial jobs, withheld promotion, and ignored the harassment other employees inflicted upon her.

On December 9, 2004, after the initial complaint and a special interrogatory to determine specific damage amounts sought by the plaintiff, the defendant filed a notice to remove the case to federal court. The case was removed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho on December 9, 2004 and ultimately assigned to Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

The defendant moved to consolidate this case with a similar action brought under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The case was consolidated on May 26, 2005 with EEOC v. Hollywood Ent Corp, which can be found at EE-ID-0012.

On July 26, 2006, the plaintiff filed a stipulation to dismiss after the consolidated EEOC case ended in a settlement. The court ordered the case dismissed with prejudice on the same day.

In March 2006, EEOC v. Hollywood Ent Corp settled by entry of a consent decree valid for two years that required Hollywood Video to provide injunctive relief within their business environment and monetary relief to the plaintiff. The case closed in 2008 after the two-year order expired.

Hannah Basalone - 09/29/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Retailer
Disability
Hearing impairment
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Holllywood Ent Corp
Plaintiff Description A deaf woman who alleged discrimination on the basis of her disability
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2004
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-ID-0012 : EEOC v. HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION (D. Idaho)
Docket(s)
4:04-cv-00613-BLW (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0033-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/26/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice of Removal to Federal Court and Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-ID-0033-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/09/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Consolidate
EE-ID-0033-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/11/2005
Order [regarding consolidation] (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0033-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/26/2005
Order for Dismissal (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0033-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/26/2006
Judgment (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0033-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/26/2006
Judges Winmill, B. Lynn (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0033-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Holman, James D. (Idaho)
EE-ID-0033-0006 | EE-ID-0033-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Harnden, Edwin A. (Oregon)
EE-ID-0033-0006 | EE-ID-0033-9000
Krueger, Allyson S. (Oregon)
EE-ID-0033-9000

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