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Case Name EEOC v. TRANS STATES AIRLINES, INC. EE-MO-0086
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-00964-TCM ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 2003, the Saint Louis District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Trans States Airlines, Inc., a regional airline service provider, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri alleging discrimination on the basis of race, religion or national origin in ... read more >
In July 2003, the Saint Louis District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Trans States Airlines, Inc., a regional airline service provider, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri alleging discrimination on the basis of race, religion or national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the EEOC's press release that the defendant allegedly fired the complaining party as a pilot based upon an anonymous complaint without verification. The complaining party intervened in the lawsuit in August 2003. The defendants Airline Pilots Association, International (AFL-CIO) were subsequently added to the lawsuit. Following discovery, the defendants successfully moved for summary judgment. Following a number of appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by both parties, the Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court's decision to award summary judgment to the defendant but not attorney's fees. Subsequent petitions for rehearing en banc were likewise denied.

Daisy Manning - 05/07/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Airline Pilots Association, International (AFL-CIO)
Trans States 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
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
4:03-cv-00964-TCM (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/09/2007
General Documents
"Muslim Pilot Fired Due to Religion and Appearance, EEOC Says In Post-9/11 Backlash Discrimination Suit" [Press Release]
EE-MO-0086-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/17/2003
Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part EEOC's Motion to Compel] [ECF# 32] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/10/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum for Clerk [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion to Compel] [ECF# 55]
EE-MO-0086-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/03/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum for Clerk [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion for Protective Order] [ECF# 57] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/03/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Motion to Compel (Doc 28) [ECF# 59] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/04/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum for Clerk [Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Protective Order] [ECF# 72] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/09/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum for Clerk [Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Protective Order] [ECF# 73] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/09/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Protective Order [Granting Defendant's Motion] [ECF# 78] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/13/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Defendant's Motion for Protective Order] [ECF# 102] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/30/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order (356 F.Supp.2d 984) (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/09/2005
Source: Google Scholar
Appellate Decision (462 F.3d 987)
EE-MO-0086-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/19/2006
Memorandum for Clerk [Denying Defendant Airline Pilots Association's Motion for Protective Order] [ECF# 58] (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/03/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Mummert, Thomas C. III (E.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0086-0002

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