Case: EEOC v. TARGET STORES, INC.

0:01-cv-01646 | U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Filed Date: Sept. 6, 2001

Closed Date: Feb. 4, 2006

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Case Summary

In September 2001, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Target Stores, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations are unknown. However, the consent decree indicates the EEOC alleged the defendant discriminated against the complainant, an employee with multiple sclerosis, by failing to make reasonable accommodation for the complainant in violation of the Americans with…

In September 2001, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Target Stores, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations are unknown. However, the consent decree indicates the EEOC alleged the defendant discriminated against the complainant, an employee with multiple sclerosis, by failing to make reasonable accommodation for the complainant in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in February 2002. Following several changes of the trail date, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree in February 2003.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to: report complaints to the EEOC, certify defendant has an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy as well as a policy for responding to requests for reasonable accommodations from employees, keep records of complaints, permit the EEOC to monitor the facilities and training sessions, expunge complainant's employment record of reference to the lawsuit, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide annual training, and agree to both comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and maintain the confidentiality of its employees' medical information.

Summary Authors

David Friedman (11/6/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Frank, Donovan W. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Kamp, Jean P. (Ohio)

Vasichek, Laurie A. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lewis, Donald M (Minnesota)

Schmitt, Joseph G. (Minnesota)

Judge(s)

Frank, Donovan W. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Kamp, Jean P. (Ohio)

Vasichek, Laurie A. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lewis, Donald M (Minnesota)

Schmitt, Joseph G. (Minnesota)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Target Stores, Inc.

Feb. 4, 2003 Docket

EEOC Press Release: "Target Corp. to Pay $95,000, Implement Training for Failure to Accommodate Disabled Worker"

EEOC v. Target Stores

No Court

Jan. 15, 2003 Press Release
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Consent Decree

EEOC v. Target Stores, Inc.

Feb. 4, 2003 Settlement Agreement

Docket

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT - Summons issued. Assigned to Judge John R. Tunheim per 440 Civil Rights list and referred to Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel, fee waived 6pg(s) (DFL) (Entered: 09/11/2001)

Sept. 6, 2001
2

ORDER OF RECUSAL ( Judge John R. Tunheim / 9/21/01) Case reassigned to Judge Donovan W. Frank per 440 Civil Rights List , Case referred to Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan 1pg(s) (cc: all counsel) (DFL) (Entered: 09/26/2001)

Sept. 21, 2001
3

ORIGINAL SUMMONS AND RETURN OF SERVICE executed upon defendant Target Stores, Inc. on 9/18/01 2pg(s) (DFL) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001

NOTICE by defendant Target Stores, Inc. of association of counsel Donald M Lewis, Joseph George Schmitt (MMC) (Entered: 10/11/2001)

Oct. 11, 2001
4

STIPULATION AND ORDER ( Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan ) that the time for the defts to answer or otherwise respond to the complaint shall be extended. The answer or other responsive pleading shall be served on or before Wednesday, Oct 17, 2001. (2pg(s)(cc: all counsel) (DDB) (Entered: 10/16/2001)

Oct. 11, 2001
5

ANSWER by dft 4pg(s) (PAK) (Entered: 10/20/2001)

Oct. 17, 2001
6

NOTICE OF PRETRIAL CONFERENCE ( Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan / 10/29/1) pretrial conference set for 9:30 a.m. on 12/3/01; Rule report ddl set for 11/26/01 (4pg(s) (cc: all counsel) (DDB) (Entered: 10/31/2001)

Oct. 29, 2001
7

REPORT OF RULE 26(f) MEETING 5pg(s) (DFL) (Entered: 11/28/2001)

Nov. 26, 2001
9

MOTION by movant to intervene ( to Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan ) ret. at 1:30 p.m. on 2/14/2. (9pg(s) (DDB) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 1, 2002
10

MEMORANDUM by movant in support of its motion to intervene [9-1]. (3pg(s) (DDB) (Entered: 02/08/2002)

Feb. 1, 2002
12

STIPULATION FOR INTERVENTION OF SUZANNE STOMBAUGH AND ORDER ( Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan ) that 1. S. Stombaugh is granted leave to intervene in this action & 2. S. Stombaugh will file her Intervenor's Complaint (Exhibit 1) on or before 3/1/2 [9-1]. (2pg(s) +EXHIBIT (cc: all counsel) (DDB) (Entered: 02/15/2002)

Feb. 12, 2002
11

MINUTES:( Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan / ) Suzanne Strombaugh's motion for leave to intervene. Stipulation signed, hearing stricken. (1pg(s) (DDB) (Entered: 02/15/2002)

Feb. 14, 2002
13

INTERVENOR'S COMPLAINT by movant Suzanne Stombaugh - Jury Trial Demanded. 6pg(s) (PAK) (Entered: 02/28/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002
14

ANSWER TO INTERVENOR COMPLAINT by Target Stores, Inc. 5pg(s) (DFL) (Entered: 03/21/2002)

March 19, 2002
15

MOTION by parties to amend pretrial scheduling order ( to Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan ) (2pg(s) (DDB) (Entered: 07/02/2002)

June 28, 2002
16

AMENDED PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER ( Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan / 6/28/2) discovery set for 3/3/03; non-dispositive motions set for 4/1/03; dispositive motions set for 6/16/03; ready for trial set for 7/14/03 (2pg(s) (cc: all counsel) (DDB) (Entered: 07/02/2002)

June 28, 2002
18

MINUTES:( Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan / ) TELEPHONE CONFERENCE RE: Proposed Amended Scheduling Order. Motion to extend scheduling order dates - granted. (1pg(s) (DDB) (Entered: 10/10/2002)

Oct. 3, 2002
17

AMENDED PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER ( Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan / 10/4/2) discovery set for 7/1/03; non-dispositive motions set for 8/1/03; dispositive motions set for 10/15/03; ready for trial set for 11/14/03 (4pg(s) (cc: all counsel) (DDB) (Entered: 10/08/2002)

Oct. 4, 2002
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CONSENT DECREE AND ORDER ( Judge Donovan W. Frank ) that the court shall retain jurisdiction for the purpose of enforcing this decree and entry of such further orders as may be necessary or appropriate for the same period of time, except that, if any party has, prior to the expiration of the three year period, commenced proceedings to compel compliance, this court will retain jurisdiction of the action until all issues to such compliance proceedings have been resolved; at the end of the three year period, or as soon as all enforcement issues have been resolved, whichever occurs last, this court will dissolve the consent decree and will dismiss this action with prejudice and without further motion by any party termination notice 9pg(s) (cc: all counsel) (DFL) (Entered: 02/10/2003)

Feb. 4, 2003

State / Territory: Minnesota

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 6, 2001

Closing Date: Feb. 4, 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Target Stores, Inc. (Bemidji, Minnesota), Private Entity/Person

Target Stores, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Monetary Relief

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: 95000

Order Duration: 2003 - 2006

Content of Injunction:

Expungement of Employment Record

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Recordkeeping

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit