E.E.O.C. v. The Amer. Coal Co., No. 3:15-cv-01293-SMY-PMF, 2016 WL 1639682 (S.D. Ill. Apr. 26, 2016)

Key Insight: Where non-party argued that subpoena exceeded scope of EEOC?s authority because it sought information irrelevant to the claim of sex discrimination (e.g., information re: race) and was unduly burdensome because it would take the single HR Officer approximately 500 hours to respond and take her away from other important work for the corporation, the court found that the information sought was relevant (reasoning that the standard of relevance is broad and ?generous? and that the information could ?shed light on possible discriminatory hiring practices and thereby, lead to the discovery of admissible evidence?) and that the burden did not outweigh the benefit, reasoning that ?[[o]ther than the fact that its employment records are kept in paper format in southern Illinois, [the non-party] has not provided any reason as to why its corporate human resources department cannot assist in responding to the subpoena or why it could not hire temporary staff to assist.?

Nature of Case: Employment litigation: sex discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: Hard copy

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