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Case Name EEOC v. BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE, INC. EE-IL-0031
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-02036-MPM ( C.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 1998, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., an international tire manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Two male employees, one Baptist and the other Catholic, alleged that the ... read more >
In February 1998, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., an international tire manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Two male employees, one Baptist and the other Catholic, alleged that the defendant failed to reasonably accommodate their religious belief of not performing manual labor on Sundays and thereby violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Specifically, both men were subject to shift-realignments which caused their Monday to Friday schedules to include Sundays. However, the defendant made numerous attempts to accommodate both men. For example, shift-swaps, leaves of absence to wait for seniority positions, and reassignment to other positions. The main obstacle in this case was that both men's beliefs precluded them not only from working on Sundays, but also from asking other men to work for them.

In May of 2000, the court granted the defense motion for summary judgment, holding that the defendant acted reasonably in its effort to accommodate. E.E.O.C. v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., 95 F. Supp. 2d 913 (C.D. Ill. 2000). The EEOC appealed the ruling, but the appeal was withdrawn in August of 2000.

Jason Chester - 06/15/2007


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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
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
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
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
2:98-cv-02036-MPM (C.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0031-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/18/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion: Order (95 F.Supp.2d 913) (C.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0031-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/17/2000
Source: Google Scholar
Judges Bernthal, David G. (C.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0031-9000
McCuskey, Michael Patrick (C.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0031-0001 | EE-IL-0031-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Carson, June Wallace (Illinois)
EE-IL-0031-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0031-9000
Kamp, Jean P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0031-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Prell, Frances E (Illinois)
EE-IL-0031-9000
Vyverberg, Robert W (Illinois)
EE-IL-0031-9000

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