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Case Name Davis v. Valley Hospitality Services, LLC EE-GA-0107
Docket / Court 4:04-cv-00020-CDL ( M.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On August 18, 2003, several employees of Valley Hospitality Services filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged race and age discrimination by the defendant. Specifically, the ... read more >
On August 18, 2003, several employees of Valley Hospitality Services filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged race and age discrimination by the defendant. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that they were discharged for being African-American and for being over the age of forty, claiming that defendant, as a result, violated 42 U.S.C. 1981, the Age Discrimination Employment Act (29 U.S.C. 623), and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.). The plaintiffs sought damages and injunctive relief.

The case was transferred to the Middle District of Georgia for the convenience of the parties.

On June 10, 2004, the Court dismissed the Title VII class action claims because they were not included in the original charge to the EEOC. The Court also dismissed one of the plaintiff's ADEA claims.

On April 25, 2005, the Court granted the defendant's motions for summary judgment as to all of plaintiffs' claims except as to one plaintiff's individual disparate treatment claims, stating that it was the only one that alleged enough facts to suggest discrimination. The Court held that the other plaintiffs did not have a prima facie case, and ordered them to pay court costs to the defendant.

Both parties appealed this decision. On January 4, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court's dismissal and, findng that the one remaining plaintiff did not make a prima facie case for hiring discrimination, overturned the District Court and granted summary judgment to the defendant. Later that year, the Court issued a notice of filing settlement and payment by the plaintiffs of $3,500 to defendants as payment in full.

Maurice Youkanna - 06/11/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Valley Services, LLC
Plaintiff Description The individual plaintiffs are either, or both, African-American females or over forty years of age. Plaintiffs represent the class of similarly situated managers, front desk employees, and other employees that have been terminated.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
1:03-cv-02462-MHS (N.D. Ga.) 02/06/2004
EE-GA-0107-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
4:04-cv-00020-CDL (M.D. Ga.) 07/13/2007
EE-GA-0107-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/18/2003
EE-GA-0107-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint-Class Action 02/10/2004
EE-GA-0107-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting in part and Denying in part Defendant's Motion to Dismiss] 06/10/2004 (M.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0107-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Partial Summary Judgment to Defendant] 04/25/2005 (372 F.Supp.2d 641) (M.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0107-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration and Granting Defendant's Motion for Immediate Appeal] 05/31/2005 (M.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0107-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 05/31/2005 (M.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0107-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Petition for Permission to Appeal an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia 07/11/2005
EE-GA-0107-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia 10/04/2005
EE-GA-0107-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Bill of Costs 12/13/2006
EE-GA-0107-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
USCA Judgment [Affirming District Court's Grant of Summary Judgment to Defendant with respect to Plaintiffs other than Davis] 12/14/2006 (214 Fed.Appx. 877)
EE-GA-0107-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Reversing the District Court's Decision with respect to Plaintiff Davis] 01/04/2007 (211 Fed.Appx. 841)
EE-GA-0107-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 01/11/2007 (M.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0107-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement and Release of Costs and Release of Superseadeas Appeal Bond 07/13/2007
EE-GA-0107-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Carnes, Edward Earl (Eleventh Circuit)
EE-GA-0107-0006
Land, Clay D. (M.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0107-0002 | EE-GA-0107-0003 | EE-GA-0107-0007 | EE-GA-0107-0008 | EE-GA-0107-9000
Marcus, Stanley (Eleventh Circuit, S.D. Fla.)
EE-GA-0107-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Stokes, McNeill (Georgia)
EE-GA-0107-0001 | EE-GA-0107-0015 | EE-GA-0107-9000 | EE-GA-0107-9001
Weber, Gerald R. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0107-0001 | EE-GA-0107-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, Elizabeth Jewelle (Georgia)
EE-GA-0107-9000
Kelly, Mairen C. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0107-9000 | EE-GA-0107-9001
Miller, Rebecca Jane (Georgia)
EE-GA-0107-9001
Tucker, William L. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0107-9001
Woodling, Ruth W. (Georgia)
EE-GA-0107-0009 | EE-GA-0107-0011 | EE-GA-0107-9000 | EE-GA-0107-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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