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McLane Co., Inc. v. EEOC, 15-1248

In a suit arising out of a sex discrimination charge filed with the EEOC by a former employee, who failed a physical evaluation following her return from maternity leave, against her former employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision -- reversing the district court's decision to not enforce EEOC subpoenas, as authorized by 42 U. S. C. section 2000e-9, requesting 'pedigree information' (names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and telephone numbers of employees asked to take the evaluation) from defendant, and finding that the pedigree information was not relevant to the charges -- is vacated where a district court's decision whether to enforce or quash an EEOC subpoena should be reviewed for abuse of discretion, not de novo.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/04/03




  • United States Supreme Court