Case: Davis v. Valley Hospitality Services, LLC

4:04-cv-00020 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Filed Date: Aug. 18, 2003

Closed Date: 2007

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Case Summary

On August 18, 2003, several employees of Valley Hospitality Services filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged race and age discrimination by the defendant. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that they were discharged for being African-American and for being over the age of forty, claiming that defendant, as a result, violated 42 U.S.C. 1981, the Age Discrimination Employment A…

On August 18, 2003, several employees of Valley Hospitality Services filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged race and age discrimination by the defendant. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that they were discharged for being African-American and for being over the age of forty, claiming that defendant, as a result, violated 42 U.S.C. 1981, the Age Discrimination Employment Act (29 U.S.C. 623), and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.). The plaintiffs sought damages and injunctive relief.

The case was transferred to the Middle District of Georgia for the convenience of the parties.

On June 10, 2004, the Court dismissed the Title VII class action claims because they were not included in the original charge to the EEOC. The Court also dismissed one of the plaintiff's ADEA claims.

On April 25, 2005, the Court granted the defendant's motions for summary judgment as to all of plaintiffs' claims except as to one plaintiff's individual disparate treatment claims, stating that it was the only one that alleged enough facts to suggest discrimination. The Court held that the other plaintiffs did not have a prima facie case, and ordered them to pay court costs to the defendant.

Both parties appealed this decision. On January 4, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court's dismissal and, findng that the one remaining plaintiff did not make a prima facie case for hiring discrimination, overturned the District Court and granted summary judgment to the defendant. Later that year, the Court issued a notice of filing settlement and payment by the plaintiffs of $3,500 to defendants as payment in full.

Summary Authors

Maurice Youkanna (6/11/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Birch, Stanley F. Jr. (Georgia)

Carnes, Edward Earl (Alabama)

Land, Clay D. (Georgia)

Marcus, Stanley (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Stokes, McNeill (Georgia)

Weber, Gerald R. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, Elizabeth Jewelle (Georgia)

Kelly, Mairen C. (Georgia)

Miller, Rebecca Jane (Georgia)

Tucker, William L. (Georgia)

Judge(s)

Birch, Stanley F. Jr. (Georgia)

Carnes, Edward Earl (Alabama)

Land, Clay D. (Georgia)

Marcus, Stanley (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Stokes, McNeill (Georgia)

Weber, Gerald R. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, Elizabeth Jewelle (Georgia)

Kelly, Mairen C. (Georgia)

Miller, Rebecca Jane (Georgia)

Tucker, William L. (Georgia)

Woodling, Ruth W. (Georgia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Tjoflat, Gerald Bard (Florida)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:03-cv-02462

Docket [PACER]

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004

Docket

4:04-cv-00020

Docket [PACER]

Davis v. Valley Services

July 13, 2007

July 13, 2007

Docket
25

4:04-cv-00020

1:03-cv-02462

Complaint

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Aug. 18, 2003

Aug. 18, 2003

Complaint
27

4:04-cv-00020

Amended Complaint-Class Action

Davis v. Valley Hospitality Services

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Feb. 10, 2004

Feb. 10, 2004

Complaint
41

4:04-cv-00020

Order [Granting in part and Denying in part Defendant's Motion to Dismiss]

Davis v. Valley Hospitality Services

June 10, 2004

June 10, 2004

Order/Opinion
85

4:04-cv-00020

Order [Granting Partial Summary Judgment to Defendant]

Davis v. Valley Hospitality Services

372 F.Supp.2d 641

April 25, 2005

April 25, 2005

Order/Opinion
93

4:04-cv-00020

Order [Denying Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration and Granting Defendant's Motion for Immediate Appeal]

Davis v. Valley Hospitality Services

May 31, 2005

May 31, 2005

Order/Opinion
95

4:04-cv-00020

Judgment

Davis v. Valley Hospitality Services

May 31, 2005

May 31, 2005

Order/Opinion
100

05-90015

Petition for Permission to Appeal an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Davis v. Valley Services

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

July 11, 2005

July 11, 2005

Order/Opinion
107

4:04-cv-00020

05-90015

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Davis v. Hospitality Services

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Oct. 4, 2005

Oct. 4, 2005

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 6, 2022, 3:09 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 18, 2003

Closing Date: 2007

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

The individual plaintiffs are either, or both, African-American females or over forty years of age. Plaintiffs represent the class of similarly situated managers, front desk employees, and other employees that have been terminated.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

Valley Services, LLC, Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Hospital/Health Department

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

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

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Discrimination-basis:

Age discrimination

Race discrimination

Race:

Black