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Case Name EEOC v. Ford Motor Credit Company EE-TN-0044
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-00900 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC brought this suit against Ford Motor Credit Company in September 2006 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville). The case was assigned to Judge Aleta A. Trauger. The complaint alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for failure to ... read more >
The EEOC brought this suit against Ford Motor Credit Company in September 2006 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville). The case was assigned to Judge Aleta A. Trauger. The complaint alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for failure to keep confidential the medical information of an employee with HIV. The complainant intervened, alleging violations of the ADA and the Tennessee Human Rights Act, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. After the court denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment and the parties agreed to dismiss the intervenor-plaintiff's state claims, the parties entered into settlement negotiations before the Magistrate Judge. These failed in March 2008, and the parties proceeded to prepare for trial.

In August 2008, though, the parties negotiated a settlement. The parties continued to disagree as to the lawfulness of the defendant's activities, however both desired to settle to avoid continued expense of litigation. The defendant's agreement to a settlement was not to be construed as an admission of a violation of Title VII. The consent was set to be binding for two years from the date of entry on September 17, 2008. It contained provisions for an injunction against discrimination with respect to disclosure of medical information as well as training. The consent decree also awarded $75,000 in damages to the plaintiff and required two annual reports to the EEOC. Parties agreed to pay their own attorney's costs and fees. The consent decree has since run its course and the case is presumed closed.

Daisy Manning - 06/03/2008
Chelsea Rinnig - 03/24/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Training
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Confidentiality
Disparate Treatment
Medical/Mental Health
HIV/AIDS
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Defendant(s) Ford Motor Credit 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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:06-cv-00900 (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0044-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/17/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-TN-0044-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/20/2006
Complaint in Intervention
EE-TN-0044-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/20/2007
Agreed Order of Dismissal of Plaintif-Intervenor's State Claims (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0044-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/29/2007
Memorandum [re: Summary Judgment] (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0044-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/14/2008
Order (531 F.Supp.2d 930) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0044-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/14/2008
Consent Decree [ECF# 148] (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0044-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/17/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Trauger, Aleta Arthur (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0044-0006 | EE-TN-0044-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bridgers, William David (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-9000
Cooper, Ronald S. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006
Dills, Steven W. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006 | EE-TN-0044-9000
Elbert, Phillip N. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006 | EE-TN-0044-9000
Hyde, Lyndsay Smith (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0044-0006
Ramsey, Sally (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006
Rutherford, Robert Wheeler (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006 | EE-TN-0044-9000
Smith, Deidre (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006 | EE-TN-0044-9000
Vanderkooi, Kristen (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-9000
Williams, Faye A. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006 | EE-TN-0044-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Frazier, Keith D. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006 | EE-TN-0044-9000
Rusie, Jennifer S. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-9000
Other Lawyers Dyer, Kristen V. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0044-0006

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