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Case Name EEOC v. NORTHWEST AIRLINES, INC. EE-TN-0085
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-02916-JPM-tmp ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Northwest Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee alleging discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Specifically, the defendant allegedly ... read more >
In September 2000, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Northwest Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee alleging discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Specifically, the defendant allegedly refused to hire the charging party because of his disability, diabetes. The charging party intervened in the suit in late January 2001. After some scheduling orders and numerous discovery disputes, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in late December 2001 which was denied in late September 2002. After some more scheduling orders and discovery, the suit was tried by a jury in October 2002 with the jury returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs. The Court entered a judgment in favor of the plaintiffs for $40,217.15. In addition, the Court awarded costs of $4,181.54 in December 2002.

Justin Kanter - 07/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private 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
Source of Relief Litigation
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)
[ 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)
2:00-cv-02916-JPM-tmp (W.D. Tenn.) 12/12/2003
EE-TN-0085-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/27/2000
EE-TN-0085-0001.pdf | Detail
Order Granting Defendant's Motion to Compel (EEOC) 01/10/2002 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Defendant's Motion to Compel (Armstrong) 01/10/2002 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Plaintiff [EEOC]'s Motion to Compel Discovery and for Extension of 30 Days to Supplement Its Discovery Responses 01/10/2002 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order Denying Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Defendant's Motion to Continue Trial and Other Pre-Trial Matters 09/30/2002 (246 F.Supp.2d 916) (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order on Jury Verdict 10/31/2002 (2002 WL 31452227) (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment on Jury Verdict 10/31/2002 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release: "Memphis Jury Returns Verdict Against Northwest Airlines in EEOC Disability Case on Behalf of Diabetic Applicant" 10/31/2002
EE-TN-0085-0010.pdf | Detail
Order Taxing Costs 12/19/2002 (2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 26272) (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0012.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Amended Order on Jury Verdict 08/19/2003 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Defendant's Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law or in the Alternative for a New Trial 09/23/2003 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0085-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Allen, James H. Sr. (W.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0085-0002 | EE-TN-0085-9000
Pham, Tu M. (W.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0085-9000
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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