Case: EEOC v. LANDERS AUTO SALES, INC.

4:99-cv-00122 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Filed Date: Feb. 22, 1999

Closed Date: Aug. 25, 2000

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Case Summary

The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Landers Auto Sales, Inc., in February of 1999, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The suit was based on a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by the defendant. In July the complainant, who intervened in the suit, was injured in a car accident, resulting in quadriplegia. The complainant required a wheel chair accessible office for h…

The Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Landers Auto Sales, Inc., in February of 1999, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The suit was based on a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by the defendant. In July the complainant, who intervened in the suit, was injured in a car accident, resulting in quadriplegia. The complainant required a wheel chair accessible office for him to resume his duties as a manager in a parts warehouse. The defendant refused to comply with this request and then retaliated against the complainant for complaining by demoting him. In August of 2000, a consent decree was ordered by the court.

The consent decree contained both monetary and injunctive relief. The monetary relief was in excess of $220,000. It consisted of a $160,000 check to be paid to the complainant along with his costs, which were $30,000. In addition, the defendant was required to hand over the title to the handicap van they were providing the complainant, which was valued at over $30,000. The injunctive relief contained a variety of items, including: expungment of complainant's record; a neutral reference in the future; removal of medical information from his record; ADA training for all supervisors at the Benton facility; making the Benton facility wheelchair accessible; and posting of Notice about the settlement.

Summary Authors

Alex Bean (6/19/2007)

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Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Landers Auto Sales

Aug. 25, 2000 Docket
1

Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Landers Auto Sales, Inc.

Feb. 22, 1999 Complaint
11

Complaint in Intervention

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and Steven Hart v. Landers Auto Sales, Inc.

May 12, 1999 Complaint
18

Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Landers Auto Sales, Inc.

Aug. 25, 2000 Order/Opinion

EEOC Settles ADA Lawsuit for $220,000 Against Major Arkansas Auto Dealership

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Landers Auto Sales, Inc.

No Court

Aug. 31, 2000 Press Release

Docket

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

TITLE VII COMPLAINT with jury demand, no summons issued (cdw) (Entered: 02/22/1999)

Feb. 22, 1999
2

ORDER OF TRANSFER (DOC) Case reassigned to the docket of Chief Judge Susan W. Wright (cc: all counsel) (former empl) (Entered: 03/17/1999)

March 17, 1999
4

RETURN OF SERVICE executed upon defendant Landers Auto Sales on 3/22/99 (vjt) (Entered: 03/24/1999)

March 23, 1999
5

WAIVER OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS upon defendant Landers Auto Sales on 2/25/98 (vjt) (Entered: 03/25/1999)

March 24, 1999
6

ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright granting motion to intervene by Steven Hart [3-1] (cc: all counsel) (vjt) (Entered: 04/07/1999)

April 6, 1999
7

ANSWER by defendant Landers Auto Sales (former empl) (Entered: 04/22/1999)

April 21, 1999
8

SCHEDULING ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright; jury trial set for 9:30 1/18/00 in Little Rock; motions to amend pleadings due 11/5/99; motions in limine due 10 calendar days prior to trial; all other motions and discovery due 12/3/99; pretrial info sheet due 12/17/99 (cc: all counsel) (vjt) (Entered: 04/27/1999)

April 27, 1999
9

MOTION by pltf to amend the scheduling order to reschedule the trial date (vjt) (Entered: 05/04/1999)

May 3, 1999
10

ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright denying at this time pltf's motion to amend the scheduling order to reschedule the trial date [9-1] (cc: all counsel) EOD 5/6/99 (vjt) (Entered: 05/06/1999)

May 6, 1999
11

COMPLAINT in INTERVENTION by Steven Hart (vjt) (Entered: 05/13/1999)

May 12, 1999
12

ANSWER by deft Landers Auto Sales to complaint in intervention of Steven Hart [11-1] (vjt) (Entered: 05/25/1999)

May 24, 1999
13

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Pamela B Dixon for plaintiff (former empl) (Entered: 09/23/1999)

Sept. 22, 1999
14

JOINT MOTION by intervenor, defendant and plaintiff for continuance (former empl) (Entered: 12/14/1999)

Dec. 13, 1999
15

AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright granting joint motion for continuance [14-1]; jury trial is reset for 9:30 10/16/00 in Little Rock; pretrial info sheet due 9/15/00; all other deadlines remain as previously scheduled (cc: all counsel) (vjt) (Entered: 12/28/1999)

Dec. 27, 1999
16

JOINT MOTION by deft Landers Auto Sales for extension of discovery and dispositive motion deadlines (vjt) (Entered: 04/26/2000)

April 26, 2000
17

ORDER by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright granting joint motion for extension of discovery and dispositive motion deadlines [16-1]; discovery extended to 7/18/00; the Court will not be available to resolve any discovery disputes that may arise after 7/18/00; dispositive motions deadline is 8/17/00 (cc: all counsel) (vjt) (Entered: 05/03/2000)

May 2, 2000
18

CONSENT DECREE: by Chief Judge Susan W. Wright resolving all issues and claims arising out of the Commission's complt in this cause alleging unlawful employment policies and practices; the provisions of this Consent Decree shall continue to be effective and binding upon the parties to this action for a period of

Aug. 25, 2000

State / Territory: Arkansas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 22, 1999

Closing Date: Aug. 25, 2000

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

Landers Auto Sales, Inc. (Benton), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

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: 220000

Order Duration: 2000 - 2001

Content of Injunction:

Expungement of Employment Record

Neutral/Positive Reference

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Demotion

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit