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Case Name EEOC v. SERVICEMASTER AVIATION SERVICES, L.P. EE-GA-0079
Docket / Court 1:99-cv-01313-CAP ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 1999, the Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P., Delta Airlines, Inc. and a related business in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact ... read more >
In May 1999, the Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P., Delta Airlines, Inc. and a related business in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. According to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that the defendants discriminated against the six charging parties, employees who practiced Islam, by failing to accommodate their religious beliefs when they tried to make the employees cut their beards which they kept because of their religion. The charging parties intervened in the suit in September 1999. After some scheduling orders, the parties seemed to reach a tentative settlement in late January 2000 and voluntarily dismissed the case. However, the parties reached a final settlement in July 2000 through a consent decree. We do not have a copy of the decree, but it appears from an EEOC press release that it required the defendant to pay $144,000.

Michele Marxkors - 07/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Delta Airlines, Inc.
Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P.
ServiceMaster Aviation, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
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)
1:99-cv-01313-CAP (N.D. Ga.) 08/17/2000
EE-GA-0079-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
FY 2000 Annual Performance Report 12/31/2000
EE-GA-0079-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Dougherty, John E. (N.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
EE-GA-0079-9000
Strother, John R. Jr. (N.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
EE-GA-0079-9000
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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