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Case Name EEOC v. DAIMLER CHRYSLER CORPORATION EE-MI-0043
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-72130-NGE ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2001, the EEOC's Detroit office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Daimler Chrysler Corporation alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendant declined to hire an applicant ... read more >
In June 2001, the EEOC's Detroit office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Daimler Chrysler Corporation alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendant declined to hire an applicant for a mechanic position because of the results of a pre-employment medical exam. The applicant had documentation of knee-replacement surgery in his medical record, which the employer had access to. As it turns out, however, the applicant had trouble understanding the spoken English of the examiner and when asked whether he could bend, stoop or crouch he indicated that he could not. The failure to communicate caused the applicant to be rejected and precipitated this ADA claim based on the "regarded as" disabled standard ñ that is, that the applicant was rejected based on his medical records and not based on his actual physical limitations.

The defendant moved for summary judgment in March 2002 and was granted it May 2002. On appeal, the judgment was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals because the EEOC failed to prove that the defendant rescinded its offer of employment based on a "record of" disability. Essentially, in spite of the communications mix up between medical examiner and applicant, the defendant was acting in good faith when it rescinded the offer of employment rather than unlawfully discriminating based on the applicants actual record of disability.

Jason Chester - 08/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Daimler Chrysler Corporation
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 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Date: Mar 1, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
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Docket(s)
02-2361 (U.S. Court of Appeals)
EE-MI-0043-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/08/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:01-cv-72130-NGE (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0043-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/22/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] [ECF# 25] (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0043-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/20/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration] [ECF# 30] (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0043-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/12/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appellate Decision (111 Fed.Appx. 394)
EE-MI-0043-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/15/2004
Source: Westlaw
Judges Bell, Robert Holmes Court not on record
EE-MI-0043-0003
Martin, Boyce Ficklen Jr. Court not on record
EE-MI-0043-0003
Rogers, John M. Court not on record
EE-MI-0043-0003

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