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Chrysler Corporation v. Brown

United States Supreme Court
441 U.S. 281 (1979)


Facts

Pursuant to Executive Order 11246, the Department of Labor’s Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) required the Chrysler Corporation (plaintiff), a government contractor with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), to provide reports about its affirmative action programs and the general composition of its workforce. Under regulations promulgated by the Department of Labor, disclosure of information from records of the OFCCP and its compliance agencies may be required if disclosure of such records furthers the public interest and does not impede any of the functions of the OFCCP. Any exemption from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not affect the disclosure of such OFCCP records. Third parties submitted a FOIA request to DLA for disclosure of information regarding Chrysler’s affirmative action program. After Chrysler objected to the release of the requested information, DLA determined that the material was subject to disclosure under FOIA and the OFCCP disclosure rules. Chrysler filed a complaint in federal court seeking to enjoin the release of the documents. The court granted a temporary restraining order barring disclosure.

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