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Case Name EEOC v. Alamo Rent-A-Car, LLC EE-AZ-0012
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-01908-ROS ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 27, 2002, the Phoenix office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Alamo Rent-A-Car and ANC Rental Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of the ... read more >
On September 27, 2002, the Phoenix office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Alamo Rent-A-Car and ANC Rental Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of the complainant, a Somali Muslim woman, by refusing to allow her to wear a head scarf during Ramadan and by discharging her when she insisted on wearing it.

On November 19, 2002, the case was stayed due to the defendants' filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but the stay was vacated on April 14, 2003. On July 30, 2003, the parties engaged in a settlement conference, but they failed to reach a settlement.

On April 30, 2004, the EEOC filed a motion for partial summary judgment, asking the district court to find that the defendants had engaged in religious discrimination in violation of Title VII. On May 26, 2006, the district court granted summary judgment to the EEOC, finding that the defendants had violated Title VII. E.E.O.C. v. Alamo Rent-A-Car, 432 F.Supp.2d 1006 (D.Ariz. 2006).

On May 29, 2007, the parties went to trial on the issue of damages, and on June 1, 2007, the jury returned a verdict. The jury awarded the complainant $16,000 in compensatory damages, $250,000 in punitive damages, and $21,640 in back pay. On June 25, 2007, the EEOC asked the district court to amend the judgment to include injunctive relief and pre-judgment interest. On August 28, 2007, the district court denied the request for injunctive relief, but amended the jury verdict and awarded an additional $4,510 in pre-judgment interest to the complainant.

On July 5, 2007, the defendants appealed the verdict. However, on November 30, 2007, the defendants paid the amount that the jury had awarded to the complainant, and the parties filed a stipulation of dismissal, which was granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on December 21, 2007.

Jennifer Solomon - 04/08/2008


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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)
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Alamo Rent-A-Car
ANC Rental Corporation
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
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)
2:02-cv-01908-ROS (D. Ariz.) 12/21/2007
EE-AZ-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/27/2002
EE-AZ-0012-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
"EEOC Sues Alamo Car Rental for Religious Bias" 09/30/2002
EE-AZ-0012-0005.pdf | Detail
Order 05/26/2006 (432 F.Supp.2d 1006) (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0012-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 05/07/2007 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0012-0007.pdf | Detail
Order [Re: Motions in Limine] 05/17/2007 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0012-0009.pdf | Detail
Order [Granting Pltf's Motion to Quash] 05/22/2007 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0012-0008.pdf | Detail
"Phoenix Jury Awards $287,640 to Fired Muslim Woman in EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit" 06/04/2007
EE-AZ-0012-0006.pdf | Detail
Amended Judgment in a Civil Case 08/28/2007 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0012-0010.pdf | Detail
Order 08/28/2007 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0012-0011.pdf | Detail
Appellate Order [re: 07-17035] 12/17/2007
EE-AZ-0012-0013.pdf | Detail
Appellate Order [re: 07-16269] 12/21/2007
EE-AZ-0012-0012.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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