Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Associated Dry Goods Corporation

PETITIONER: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
RESPONDENT: Associated Dry Goods Corporation
LOCATION: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

DOCKET NO.: 79-1068
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

CITATION: 449 US 590 (1981)
ARGUED: Nov 03, 1980
DECIDED: Jan 26, 1981

ADVOCATES:
Barry Sullivan - on behalf of the Petitioner
Roger S. Kaplan - on behalf of the Respondent

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 03, 1980 in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Associated Dry Goods Corporation

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - January 26, 1981 in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Associated Dry Goods Corporation

Warren E. Burger:

The judgment and opinion of the Courts in 79-1068, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Associated Dry Goods Corporation will be announced by Justice Stewart.

Potter Stewart:

This case is here by way of the grant of a writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Title VII of the Civic Rights Act of 1964 limits the authority of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to make public disclosure of information it has obtained in investigating and attempting to resolve a claim of employment discrimination.

We granted certiorari in this case to consider whether the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit was correct in holding that a prelitigation disclosure of information in a Commission file to the employee who filed the Title VII claim is a "public" disclosure within the meaning of the statutory restrictions.

For the reasons set forth in the opinion of the Court filed today, the judgment of the Court of the Appeals is reversed.

Justice Powell took no part in the decision of this case.

Justice Rehnquist took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Justice Blackmun has filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

And Justice Stevens has filed a dissenting opinion.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you Justice Stewart.