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Case Name EEOC v. TRANS WORLD AIRLINES, INC. EE-NY-0174
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-04142-CLP ( 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 the EEOC brought this suit against Trans World Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in June 1998. While the complaint is unavailable, an EEOC press release states that the defendant allegedly violated Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
The New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Trans World Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in June 1998. While the complaint is unavailable, an EEOC press release states that the defendant allegedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through sexual harassment and retaliation. Four complainants intervened in the case, which was consolidated with another EEOC case (EEOC v. Trans World Airlines, Inc., 1:98-cv-04138 (E.D.N.Y. 2002)). After numerous settlement conferences with Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak, the parties reached a settlement in July 2001. TWA was required to pay $2.6 million, 1.1 million of which would be placed into a Claim Fund. TWA was also required to aid the EEOC in identifying other claimants.

Keri Livingston - 08/07/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Garfield Harris
George Cintron
Ino Sylman
Trans World 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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-NY-0232 : EEOC v. Trans World Airlines (E.D.N.Y.)
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)
1:98-cv-04142-CLP (E.D.N.Y.) 01/14/2004
EE-NY-0174-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement, Stipulation and Order 05/21/2001
EE-NY-0174-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
"EEOC Settle Bias Suit for $2.6 Million Against TWA" [Press Release] 05/24/2001
EE-NY-0174-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [relating to disbursement of claim fund] 07/08/2002
EE-NY-0174-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
[Letter to court re. settlement] 01/08/2003
EE-NY-0174-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
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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