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Case Name EEOC v. SEARS ROEBUCK & CO EE-IL-0202
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-07282 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In November 2004, the EEOC's Chicago District Office filed suit in United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Sears Roebuck and Company, alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the complaint, Sears Roebuck failed to live up to its ... read more >
In November 2004, the EEOC's Chicago District Office filed suit in United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Sears Roebuck and Company, alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the complaint, Sears Roebuck failed to live up to its obligations under the ADA to make reasonable accommodations when it enacted an inflexible company policy mandating a maximum of one year leave time and refused to grant exceptions for employees with disabilities.

Sears Roebuck moved to dismiss the case, but the motion was denied. On March 14, 2008, the parties notified the court that they would participate in mediation. As of April 22, 2008, the case was still ongoing.

Jason Chester - 05/23/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
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) Sears Roebuck & Company
Sears Roebuck & 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 None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
1:04-cv-07282 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0202-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/04/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-IL-0202-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/10/2004
Statement [Order on Motion to Dismiss] (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0202-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/22/2005
Federal Court Says EEOC Disability Bias Lawsuit Against Sears Roebuck to Proceed
EE-IL-0202-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/02/2005
Judges Andersen, Wayne R. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cohen, Ethan M.M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
DeCamp, Aaron (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Hamilton, Deborah Lois (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Alikhan, Saira Janine (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Bess, Amy L. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Devaney, Deborah A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Fain, Lisa Zachary (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Farah, Mariam Abdullahi (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Goldman, Jeffrey S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Gonsalves, Terance A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
King, Christopher Qualley (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Linsenmaier, Samuel Phillip (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Schlueter, Tobias Edward (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Tesher, Ariel J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000
Wallace, Christopher A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0202-9000

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