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Case Name EEOC v. American Eagle Airlines EE-IL-0021
Docket / Court 02 C 9315 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 2002, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against American Eagle Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In December 2002, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against American Eagle Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant paid African-American ramp supervisors at O'Hare Airport less than non-African-American ramp supervisors. The complainants intervened in June 2003. Following a string of settlement conferences and status hearings, the EEOC settled the lawsuit with the defendant in August 2003, and the complainants agreed to dismiss the case in September 2003. We do not have a copy of either settlement; therefore, the exact settlement arrangements are unknown.

David Friedman - 10/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) American Eagle 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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
1:02-cv-09315 (N.D. Ill.) 09/02/2003
EE-IL-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/23/2002
EE-IL-0021-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Mason, Michael T. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0021-9000
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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