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Case Name Woodall v. American Airlines, Inc. EE-TX-0434
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-00072 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 12, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the American Airlines under 38 U.S.C. § 4301, et seq. ("USERRA") in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. DOJ asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant had violated ... read more >
On January 12, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the American Airlines under 38 U.S.C. § 4301, et seq. ("USERRA") in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. DOJ asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant had violated USERRA, by discriminating against pilots who took military leaves of absence.

The plaintiff class consisted of all past and present pilots of American Airlines who are or were members of the United States Armed Services and who took military leave from January 2001 to 2006. These plaintiffs alleged that they were unfairly charged fewer "in service" days which prevented them from bidding on a number of benefits including flight schedules, paid vacation time, and earned sick leave. Pilots who had taken comparable types of non-military leave were not similarly penalized.

This case is ongoing.

Jane Wu - 11/05/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Military status discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. § 4301
Defendant(s) American Airlines
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of employees who serve in the military
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:06-cv-00072 (N.D. Tex.) 08/20/2007
EE-TX-0434-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint - Class Action 01/12/2006
EE-TX-0434-0001 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 10/06/2006 (2006 WL 2914135) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0434-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Amended Complaint (Second) 01/16/2007
EE-TX-0434-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Lynn, Barbara M. (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0434-0002 | EE-TX-0434-9000
Ramirez, Irma C. (N.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0434-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Braniff, Andrew (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0434-0001 | EE-TX-0434-0003 | EE-TX-0434-9000
Cunningham, John Patrick (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0434-0001 | EE-TX-0434-0003 | EE-TX-0434-9000
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0434-0001 | EE-TX-0434-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0434-9000
Roth, Christine M. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0434-0001 | EE-TX-0434-0003 | EE-TX-0434-9000
Tamburo, Esther Gwen (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0434-0003 | EE-TX-0434-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, Margaret Hope (Texas)
EE-TX-0434-9000
Hartmann, Michelle LeGrand (Texas)
EE-TX-0434-9000
Miller, Ralph I (Texas)
EE-TX-0434-9000
Pappas, Nicholas J (New York)
EE-TX-0434-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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