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Johnson v. Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Co.

558 F.2d 841 (1977)

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Johnson v. Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

558 F.2d 841 (1977)

Facts

Linda Johnson (plaintiff) was an employee at Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Company (Nekoosa) (defendant). Johnson filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that Nekoosa discriminated against women. The EEOC did not attempt to engage in conciliation negotiations with Nekoosa. Later, Johnson brought a class-action suit in federal court, contending that Nekoosa violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The class in Johnson’s suit was composed of female employees at Nekoosa. The EEOC sought to intervene in Johnson’s suit for the purpose of raising claims from females who unsuccessfully applied to Nekoosa. The district court found that the EEOC was not permitted to expand the scope of Johnson’s suit by including claims from unsuccessful female applicants. The EEOC appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Heaney, J.)

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