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Case Name EEOC v. NORTHWEST AIRLINES, INC. (BA/COWAN) EE-VA-0076
Docket / Court 01-1206-A ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2001, the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Northwest Airlines, Inc., alleging violations of equal employment opportunity laws. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendant had discriminated against some of its ramp workers ... read more >
In August 2001, the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Northwest Airlines, Inc., alleging violations of equal employment opportunity laws. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendant had discriminated against some of its ramp workers due to their race (black) and national origin (Senegalese, Nigerian, Pakistani and Ethiopian). Although the only information available for this summary was the docket, it is known that there were some arguments concerning whether to consolidate this case with other, pending cases, and whether to treat the case as a class action. This case was never consolidated and its class action status was maintained. The parties settled in April 2002; the defendant agreed to pay $280,000 in damages.

On April 26, 2002 and order was entered in the United States District Court, dismissing this action with prejudice and stating that each party shall bear their own costs and attorney's fees.

Keri Livingston - 07/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Northwest Airlines, Inc.
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:01-cv-01206-GBL (E.D. Va.) 04/29/2002
EE-VA-0076-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 04/26/2002 (E.D. Va.)
EE-VA-0076-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 06/16/2003
EE-VA-0076-0001 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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