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Case Name EEOC v. U.S. WEST, INC. EE-MN-0070
Docket / Court 0:99-cv-00613-MJD-JGL ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 1999, the Minneapolis Area Office (with participation from the Milwaukee District Office) brought this suit against US West, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated federal employment discrimination laws by sending a ... read more >
In April 1999, the Minneapolis Area Office (with participation from the Milwaukee District Office) brought this suit against US West, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated federal employment discrimination laws by sending a confidentiality statement to people who had filed discrimination charges against it in an effort to restrict the information they provided to the EEOC during the investigations. In June 1999, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment, both of which were denied in October 1999. The defendant had filed a counter claim against the EEOC which was dismissed in September 2000. After some scheduling orders, the parties settled in March 2002 through a settlement agreement.

The two-year agreement required the defendant to stop sending or using the confidentiality statements. The defendant was also prohibited from advising any charging party that he or she was restricted from sharing information in investigations of discrimination. In addition, the defendant had to provide the EEOC with the last known addresses of those who were sent the confidentiality statements so that the EEOC could send them letters informing them of their rights.

Jason Chester - 07/11/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Defendant(s) US West, 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 Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
0:99-cv-00613-MJD-JGL (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0070-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/15/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Denying Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment] [ECF# 12] (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0070-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/15/1999
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Motion to Dismiss Counterclaim] [ECF# 29] (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0070-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/27/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement [ECF# 37]
EE-MN-0070-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/04/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]

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