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Case Name Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Co. EE-GA-0101
Docket / Court 1:04-CV-3418 ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On November 22, 2004, a female employee 0ver the age of 40 filed a class action lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 (ADEA) against Sprint/United Management Company in United States District Court, Northern District of Atlanta. The plaintiff, represented by ... read more >
On November 22, 2004, a female employee 0ver the age of 40 filed a class action lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 (ADEA) against Sprint/United Management Company in United States District Court, Northern District of Atlanta. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief, including reinstatement and restoration of pensions and other benefits, and monetary relief including front pay, back pay, and liquidated damages to redress Defendant's allegedly willful age discrimination in its reduction in force.

According to the plaintiff, the defendant targeted older workers protected from such age-based job actions by the ADEA and employed criteria, practices, and policies that had a significantly disparate impact on older workers on the basis of age. Defendant willfully disregarded a known disparate impact, either because unlawful age discrimination met Defendant's intended purpose or it was indifferent to the federally protected rights of the affected employees or both.

On May 15, 2006, the United States District Court, Northern District of Atlanta, (Judge Beverly Martin) preliminarily approved the proposed settlement and appointed a settlement administrator. The proposed settlement provided for payment of $5.5 million to the 462 class members. The settlement was finally approved on July 27, 2006 and the case was closed.

Caitlyn Clarke - 04/06/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Seniority
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sprint/United Management Company
Plaintiff Description all employees over the age of 40 terminated between April 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004 under reduction-in-force plans.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
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)
1:04−cv−03418 (N.D. Ga.) 05/02/2007
EE-GA-0101-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
1:04-cv-03418-BBM (N.D. Ga.) 02/08/2010
EE-GA-0101-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
ORDER RELATING TO PENDING MOTIONS 07/13/2005 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0101-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 07/21/2005
EE-GA-0101-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER 10/04/2005 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0101-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Confirmation of Settlement 07/26/2006 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0101-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Baverman, Alan J. (N.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
EE-GA-0101-9001
Martin, Beverly Baldwin (N.D. Ga., Eleventh Circuit)
EE-GA-0101-0003 | EE-GA-0101-0004 | EE-GA-0101-0005 | EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ates, John (Virginia)
EE-GA-0101-0001 | EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Ates, David (Georgia)
EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Billips, Matthew C. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0101-0001 | EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Egan, Dennis E. (Missouri)
EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Miller, Harlan Stuart III (Georgia)
EE-GA-0101-0001 | EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Hughes, Hunter R. III (Georgia)
EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Hurst, Ashley R. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
McDonald, J. Timothy (Georgia)
EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Other Lawyers Beard, Kelly (Georgia)
EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001
Gage, John B. (Kansas)
EE-GA-0101-9000 | EE-GA-0101-9001

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