Case: Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Co.

1:04-cv-03418 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Filed Date: Nov. 22, 2004

Closed Date: 2006

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Case Summary

On November 22, 2004, a female employee 0ver the age of 40 filed a class action lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 (ADEA) against Sprint/United Management Company in United States District Court, Northern District of Atlanta. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief, including reinstatement and restoration of pensions and other benefits, and monetary relief including front pay, back pay, and liquida…

On November 22, 2004, a female employee 0ver the age of 40 filed a class action lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 (ADEA) against Sprint/United Management Company in United States District Court, Northern District of Atlanta. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief, including reinstatement and restoration of pensions and other benefits, and monetary relief including front pay, back pay, and liquidated damages to redress Defendant's allegedly willful age discrimination in its reduction in force.

According to the plaintiff, the defendant targeted older workers protected from such age-based job actions by the ADEA and employed criteria, practices, and policies that had a significantly disparate impact on older workers on the basis of age. Defendant willfully disregarded a known disparate impact, either because unlawful age discrimination met Defendant's intended purpose or it was indifferent to the federally protected rights of the affected employees or both.

On May 15, 2006, the United States District Court, Northern District of Atlanta, (Judge Beverly Martin) preliminarily approved the proposed settlement and appointed a settlement administrator. The proposed settlement provided for payment of $5.5 million to the 462 class members. The settlement was finally approved on July 27, 2006 and the case was closed.

Summary Authors

Caitlyn Clarke (4/6/2008)

People


Judge(s)

Baverman, Alan J. (Georgia)

Martin, Beverly Baldwin (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ates, David (Georgia)

Beard, Kelly (Georgia)

Billips, Matthew C. (Georgia)

Egan, Dennis E. (Missouri)

Miller, Harlan Stuart III (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hughes, Hunter R. III (Georgia)

Hurst, Ashley R. (Georgia)

McDonald, J. Timothy (Georgia)

Judge(s)

Baverman, Alan J. (Georgia)

Martin, Beverly Baldwin (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ates, David (Georgia)

Beard, Kelly (Georgia)

Billips, Matthew C. (Georgia)

Egan, Dennis E. (Missouri)

Miller, Harlan Stuart III (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hughes, Hunter R. III (Georgia)

Hurst, Ashley R. (Georgia)

McDonald, J. Timothy (Georgia)

Other Attorney(s)

Gage, John B. (Kansas)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Bates, John D. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Company

May 2, 2007 Docket

Docket

Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Company

Feb. 8, 2010 Docket
190

ORDER RELATING TO PENDING MOTIONS

Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Company

July 13, 2005 Order/Opinion
193

Second Amended Complaint

Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Company

July 21, 2005 Complaint
296

ORDER

Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Company

Oct. 4, 2005 Order/Opinion
487

Order of Confirmation of Settlement

Cavanaugh v. Sprint/United Management Company

July 26, 2006 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 22, 2004

Closing Date: 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

all employees over the age of 40 terminated between April 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004 under reduction-in-force plans.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Sprint/United Management Company, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 5.5 million

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Pay / Benefits

Seniority

Discrimination-basis:

Age discrimination