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Case Name EEOC v. WESTLODGE HOSPITALITY, INC. dba EL PASO TRAVELODGE EE-TX-0410
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-00297-DB ( W.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 September 2000, the EEOC's El Paso office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against Westlodge Hospitality, Inc. and WW Lodging Limited, LLC, both d/b/a El Past Travelodge-City Center, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. ... read more >
In September 2000, the EEOC's El Paso office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against Westlodge Hospitality, Inc. and WW Lodging Limited, LLC, both d/b/a El Past Travelodge-City Center, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendants terminated the complainant from his position as a night watchman in a hotel because he has spina bifida and requires a wheelchair for mobility. The parties declined to enter into Alternative Dispute Resolution and had several serious disagreements regarding discovery. The defendants moved for summary judgment in August 2001 but were denied it in October 2001. A two-day jury trial ended with a verdict for the defendants in October 2001 at which time judgment was granted for the defendants and against the EEOC. The EEOC appealed the judgment in December 2001 but moved to dismiss their appeal in January 2001 at which time the case was closed.

Tony Friedman - 07/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Westlodge Hospitality, Inc.
WW Lodging Limited, LLC
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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
01-51291 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 01/10/2002
EE-TX-0410-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:00-cv-00297-DB (W.D. Tex.) 04/05/2002
EE-TX-0410-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2000
EE-TX-0410-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [Regarding Defendants' Motion for Protective Order] 06/14/2001 (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0410-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 06/15/2001 (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0410-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order Denying Summary Judgment 10/02/2001 (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0410-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment 10/19/2001
EE-TX-0410-0005 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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