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Case Name EEOC v. NORTHWEST AIRLINES, INC. EE-MN-0051
Docket / Court 0:01-cv-00705-MJD-JGL ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Milwaukee and Minneapolis offices of the EEOC brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in April 2001. According to the consent decree, the defendant purportedly violated the [Americans with Disabilities Act] by applying an Absolute Zero or Zero Tolerance policy ... read more >
The Milwaukee and Minneapolis offices of the EEOC brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in April 2001. According to the consent decree, the defendant purportedly violated the [Americans with Disabilities Act] by applying an Absolute Zero or Zero Tolerance policy and not hiring individuals with insulin dependent diabetes or epilepsy requiring anti-seizure medication into positions that perform the airport ramp functions of [equipment service employee] and cleaner . . . . The defendant moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, or alternatively, for summary judgment; both motions were denied. See Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Northwest Airlines, Inc., 216 F. Supp. 2d 935 (D. Minn. 2002). The parties voluntarily dismissed the case in January 2005 after consenting to an agreed order that required the defendant to end its zero tolerance policy and give individualized attention to medically restricted applicants. It also required the defendant to pay a total of $510,000 in compensatory damages.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/03/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Hiring
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) 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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
0:01-cv-00705-MJD-JGL (D. Minn.) 01/13/2005
EE-MN-0051-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Files Class Suit Against Northwest Airlines for Disability Discrimination" 04/25/2001
EE-MN-0051-0006.pdf | Detail
Memorandum and Order 08/14/2002 (216 F.Supp.2d 935) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0051-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order [Regarding Discovery Motions] 12/13/2002 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0051-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC and Northwest Airlines, Inc., Announce Settlement of Disability Discrimination Suit" 12/30/2004
EE-MN-0051-0005.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (January 2005) 01/12/2005
EE-MN-0051-0007.pdf | Detail
Agreed Order 01/13/2005
EE-MN-0051-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 01/13/2005 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0051-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 01/13/2005 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0051-0004.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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