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Case Name EEOC v. Kentucky Conventional hotel Partners (d/b/a Louisville Marriott Downtown) EE-KY-0014
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-00353-CRS ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Louisville Area Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Kentucky Convention Hotel Partners, LLC (doing business as Louisville Marriott Downtown) and White Lodging Services Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in July 2006. The complaint alleged religious ... read more >
The Louisville Area Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Kentucky Convention Hotel Partners, LLC (doing business as Louisville Marriott Downtown) and White Lodging Services Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in July 2006. The complaint alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Four female, Muslim employees were allegedly denied employment at the Louisville Marriott Downtown when they refused to take off their hijabs at the request of White Lodging Services Corp. In May 2007 Kentucky Convention Hotel Partners was granted its motion to dismiss. Judge Charles R. Simpson, III said that the plaintiffs had shown the court no evidence that KCHP had any control in hiring or management decisions. The case against White Lodging Services Corp. continued.

White Lodging moved for summary judgment on January 5, 2009, but the court denied its motion on March 31, 2010. Judge Simpson rejected White Lodging’s argument that its contract with a third-party housekeeping service insulated it from liability, and found that the complainants had stated a prima facie case of religious accommodation discrimination.

The parties jointly proposed a consent decree in June, and Judge Simpson signed the consent decree on July 2010. In the decree, White Lodging denied wrongdoing, but agreed to not discriminate or harass employees on the basis of their religion, or retaliate against any employees who filed or aided in the investigation of a Title VII complaint. It also agreed to pay each complainant $10,000, for a total payment of $40,000. White Lodging agreed to submit two semi-annual reports and provide training to all of its employees at the Louisville location.

The consent decree lasted for 12 months, and the matter appears to have closed in 2011.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/27/2008
Alexandra Gilewicz - 03/25/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Kentucky Convention Hotel Partners, LLC
White Lodging Services Corp.
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
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2010 - 2011
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:06-cv-00353-CRS (W.D. Ky.)
EE-KY-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/21/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-KY-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/24/2006
Memorandum Opinion [Regarding Defendant Kentucky Convention Hotel Partners' Motion to Dismiss] (W.D. Ky.)
EE-KY-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2007
Judges Simpson, Charles Ralph III (W.D. Ky.)
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Whalin, Dave (W.D. Ky.) [Magistrate]
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown, Kenneth W. (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0014-9000
Eisele, Michelle (Indiana)
EE-KY-0014-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Calabrese, Jeffrey (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0014-9000
Hovious, R. Gregg (Kentucky)
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Norris, Kevin M. (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0014-9000
Sales, Walter Lapp (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0014-9000
Williams, Thomas M. (Kentucky)
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