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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Peabody Western Coal Company
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
610 F.3d 1070 (2010)
Peabody Western Coal Company (defendant) leased mines from the Navajo Nation under lease agreements drafted by the secretary of the interior. Peabody maintained a preference for employing members of the Navajo Nation at these mines, as required under the leases. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (plaintiff) sued Peabody, seeking injunctive and monetary relief, arguing that its employment preferences violated Title VII. Peabody and the Navajo Nation each moved to dismiss the case under FRCP 19, arguing that the secretary was a necessary and indispensable party. The district court agreed and dismissed the case. The EEOC appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Fletcher, J.)
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