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Case Name EEOC v. DELTA AIR LINES INC EE-NY-0037
Docket / Court CV 97 5646 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New York District Office of EEOC filed this lawsuit against Delta Airlines, Inc. at the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York on 09/30/1997. The EEOC alleged religious discrimination and constructive discharge in violation of Title VII on behalf of a former employee ... read more >
The New York District Office of EEOC filed this lawsuit against Delta Airlines, Inc. at the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York on 09/30/1997. The EEOC alleged religious discrimination and constructive discharge in violation of Title VII on behalf of a former employee of Delta who was a Seventh Day Adventist. The former employee observed the Sabbath on Saturdays, which was in conflict with his shift schedule. The court granted Delta's summary judgment motion, holding that because Delta provided a reasonable accomodation--the possibility of a shift swap--to the complainant, EEOC failed to make out a prima facie case for religious discrimination. EEOC v. Delta Airlines, 2002 WL 1447582 (E.D.N.Y.) (2002).

Justin Kanter - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Delta 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 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 2002
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)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
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Docket(s)
1:97-cv-05646-SJ-RML (E.D.N.Y.) 07/11/2002
EE-NY-0037-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Memorandum and Order Granting Motion for Summary Judgment 06/26/2002 (2002 WL 1447582 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 17259) (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0037-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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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