Case: EEOC v. McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc.

1:13-cv-02065 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Filed Date: Dec. 18, 2013

Closed Date: 2015

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Case Summary

On December 18, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a Muslim crew person, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District Court of California under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 against McDonald's Corporation. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and costs, and prejudgment interest, claiming that the defendant discriminated against one if its employees base…

On December 18, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a Muslim crew person, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District Court of California under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 against McDonald's Corporation. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and costs, and prejudgment interest, claiming that the defendant discriminated against one if its employees based on his religion, Islam, when it refused to accommodate the employee's religious belief to wear a beard at work, resulting in the employee's constructive discharge.

The employee began working as a crew person for the defendant in around 2001 and was promoted to Crew Trainer in 2003. In July and August 2005, the employee informed the defendant of his religious belief of wearing a beard at work. The defendant allegedly did not allow him to wear a beard and so the employee was constructively discharged.

On December 19, 2013, the EEOC filed an amended complaint. Also, on the same day, the District Court (Judge Anthony W. Ishii) issued a consent decree for two years. Among other things, the defendant agreed to pay the employee $50,000, which was characterized as non-wage compensation for emotional distress.

The decree was entered in December 2013 and scheduled to last until December 2015. No further docket entries exist, so the case is closed.

Summary Authors

Perry Miska (4/6/2014)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4161069/parties/us-equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-mcdonalds-corporation/


Judge(s)

Ishii, Anthony W. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Lopez, P. David (Texas)

Park, Anna Y. (California)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Ishii, Anthony W. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Lopez, P. David (Texas)

Park, Anna Y. (California)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:13-cv-02065

Docket (PACER)

March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

Docket
4

1:13-cv-02065

First Amended Complaint - Civil Rights; Employment Discrimination; Jury Trial Demand

Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

Complaint
1

1:13-cv-02065

Complaint - Civil Rights; Employment Discrimination; Jury Trial Demand

Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

Complaint
5

1:13-cv-02065

Consent Decree and Order

Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4161069/us-equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-mcdonalds-corporation/

Last updated May 30, 2022, 3:16 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT against McDonalds Corporation by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Notice of Interested Parties)(Park, Anna) (Entered: 12/19/2013)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Notice of Interested Parties

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Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

RECAP
2

SUMMONS ISSUED as to *McDonalds Corporation* with answer to complaint due within *21* days. Attorney *Anna Y Park* *US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission* *255 East Temple Street, Fourth Floor* *Los Angeles, CA 90012*. (Gonzalez, R) (Entered: 12/19/2013)

Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

PACER
3

CIVIL NEW CASE DOCUMENTS ISSUED, Initial Scheduling Conference set for 3/25/2014 at 09:15 AM in Courtroom 9 (SAB) before Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone. (Attachments: # 1 Consent Form, # 2 VDRP) (Gonzalez, R) (Entered: 12/19/2013)

1 Consent Form

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2 VDRP

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Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

PACER
4

FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT against - McDonald's Restaurants of California Inc by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(Park, Anna) (Entered: 12/19/2013)

Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

PACER
5

NOTICE of Consent Decree and [Proposed] Order by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Conent Decree and Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit A - McDonalds Anti Discrimination Policy)(Park, Anna) (Entered: 12/20/2013)

1 Conent Decree and Proposed Order

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2 Exhibit A - McDonalds Anti Discrimination Policy

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Dec. 20, 2013

Dec. 20, 2013

PACER
6

SUMMONS ISSUED as to *McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc.* with answer to complaint due within *21* days. Attorney *Anna Y. Park* *US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission* *255 East Temple Street, Fourth Floor* *Los Angeles, CA 90012*. (Jessen, A) (Entered: 12/20/2013)

Dec. 20, 2013

Dec. 20, 2013

PACER
7

Consent Decree and Order, signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 12/20/2013. (Figueroa, O) (Entered: 12/20/2013)

Dec. 20, 2013

Dec. 20, 2013

RECAP
8

MINUTE ORDER: (TEXT ENTRY ONLY) Due to the consent decree which resolved all claims and action was settled. The Court vacates the Scheduling Conference set on March 25, 2014 before Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone. Signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 3/11/2014. (Hernandez, M) (Entered: 03/11/2014)

March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

PACER
9

JUDGMENT dated *12/20/13* pursuant to order signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 12/20/2013. (Lundstrom, T) (Entered: 03/11/2014)

March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

RECAP

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 18, 2013

Closing Date: 2015

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Plaintiff is the EEOC on behalf of a male crew worker at a McDonald's restaurant who was not accommodated and was fired for growing a beard as he believed was required by his religion, Islam.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 50,000

Order Duration: 2013 - 2015

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Discrimination Prohibition

Expungement of Employment Record

Neutral/Positive Reference

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits