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Case Name EEOC v. AMERICAN EAGLE, SIMMONS AIRLINES, AMERICAN AIRLINE EE-TX-0014
Docket / Court 3:98-cv-00763 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 1998, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against AMR Eagle, Inc., American Airlines, Inc., and related businesses in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC alleged that the defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") ... read more >
In March 1998, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against AMR Eagle, Inc., American Airlines, Inc., and related businesses in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC alleged that the defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") by refusing to hire flight attendant applicants who were disabled but could still perform the essential job functions required for the position. After numerous discovery disputes, the charging party intervened in the suit in September 1999. After several scheduling orders and great amount of discovery disputes, the EEOC and the defendants settled in July 2001 through a consent decree. The charging party and the defendants settled their remaining claims in May 2001, voluntarily dismissing the case.

The two-year consent decree between the EEOC and the defendants prohibited the defendants from discriminating or retaliating and required them to: discontinue the use of their former hiring guidelines, give applicants an opportunity to appeal any hiring decisions made by their medical department, provide ADA training for their medical personnel, post an ADA notice, expunge the interested parties' application files from all references to the charges of discrimination, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay $500,000.

Jason Chester - 07/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Medical Exam / Inquiry
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) American Airlines, Inc.
American Eagle Airlines, Inc.
AMr Corporation
AMR Eagle Holding Corporation
AMR Eagle, Inc.
Simmons 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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
3:98-cv-00763 (N.D. Tex.) 05/30/2001
EE-TX-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Granting in part, denying in part motion to compel] 05/03/1999 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0014-0018.pdf | Detail
Order [Granting in Part Motion to Quash] 08/10/1999 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0014-0016.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Motion to Compel] 08/10/1999 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0014-0017.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/31/2000
EE-TX-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Overruling Motion for Partial Summary Judgment] 09/29/2000 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0014-0015.pdf | Detail
Order [Granting Motion to Compel] 10/13/2000 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0014-0014.pdf | Detail
Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge 03/13/2001
EE-TX-0014-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal with Prejudice 05/30/2001 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0014-0013.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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