Case: EEOC v. SERVICEMASTER AVIATION SERVICES, L.P.

1:99-cv-01313 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Filed Date: May 21, 1999

Closed Date: July 20, 2000

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Case Summary

In May 1999, the Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P., Delta Airlines, Inc. and a related business in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. According to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that the defendants discriminated against the six charging parties, employees who practiced Islam, by failing to acco…

In May 1999, the Atlanta District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P., Delta Airlines, Inc. and a related business in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. According to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that the defendants discriminated against the six charging parties, employees who practiced Islam, by failing to accommodate their religious beliefs when they tried to make the employees cut their beards which they kept because of their religion. The charging parties intervened in the suit in September 1999. After some scheduling orders, the parties seemed to reach a tentative settlement in late January 2000 and voluntarily dismissed the case. However, the parties reached a final settlement in July 2000 through a consent decree. We do not have a copy of the decree, but it appears from an EEOC press release that it required the defendant to pay $144,000.

Summary Authors

Michele Marxkors (7/31/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Dougherty, John E. (Georgia)

Strother, John R. Jr. (Georgia)

Judge(s)

Dougherty, John E. (Georgia)

Strother, John R. Jr. (Georgia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P.

Aug. 17, 2000 Docket

FY 2000 Annual Performance Report

EEOC v. Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P.

No Court

Dec. 31, 2000 Press Release

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT filed and summons issued. Consent form to proceed before U.S. magistrate and pretrial instructions given to attorney; jury demand (djh) (Entered: 05/28/1999)

May 21, 1999
2

ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by plaintiff (djh) (Entered: 05/28/1999)

May 21, 1999

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge John E. Dougherty (Calendar sheets forwarded) (djh) (Entered: 05/28/1999)

May 21, 1999
4

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed as to Servicemaster Aviati mailed 5/27/99 Answer due by 7/26/99 for Servicemaster Aviati (pdw) (Entered: 07/12/1999)

July 2, 1999

SUBMITTED to Mag Judge John E. Dougherty on [3-1] motion to intervene (djh) (Entered: 07/15/1999)

July 15, 1999
5

ANSWER by Servicemaster Aviati to complaint [1-1] Discovery ends 12/23/99 (kt) (Entered: 07/26/1999)

July 26, 1999
6

ANSWER by defendant Delta Airlines, Inc. to complaint [1-1] (llg) (Entered: 07/27/1999)

July 26, 1999
7

ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by Delta Airlines, Inc. (kt) (Entered: 08/13/1999)

Aug. 10, 1999
8

Certificate of interested persons. (to JED) (kt) (Entered: 08/13/1999)

Aug. 10, 1999
9

ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by Servicemaster Aviati (kt) (Entered: 08/13/1999)

Aug. 10, 1999
10

Application for admission of pro hac vice for Lawrence C. DiNardo for Servicemaster Aviation (to TWT) (llg) Modified on 08/23/1999 (Entered: 08/23/1999)

Aug. 17, 1999
11

Preliminary Statement and Scheduling Order. (to JED) (bsm) (Entered: 08/26/1999)

Aug. 25, 1999

ENDORSED ORDER on application by Judge Thomas W. Thrash GRANTING [10-1] pro hac vice application (cc) (llg) (Entered: 08/31/1999)

Aug. 27, 1999
12

ORDER by Mag Judge John E. Dougherty GRANTING [3-1] motion to intervene by Hassan Moawiye, Abdiwali Hassan, Ahmed H. Yusuf, Abdirashid H. Yusuf, Keyse H. Mohamed, and Hassan A. Farah. (cc) (llg) (Entered: 09/20/1999)

Sept. 17, 1999
13

Joint MOTION by parties for court-supervised settlement conference , and to stay proceedings (to mag judge) (pdw) (Entered: 11/02/1999)

Oct. 29, 1999
14

Memo for limited referral to Mag Judge Janet F. King for settlement conference by Mag Judge John R. Strother Jr. (bsm) (Entered: 11/12/1999)

Nov. 4, 1999
15

Notice of change of address by defendant's counsel Peter N. Farley. (llg) (Entered: 11/16/1999)

Nov. 12, 1999
16

ORDER by Mag Judge John E. Dougherty GRANTING [13-1] joint motion for court-supervised settlement conference and GRANTING [13-2] joint motion to stay proceedings (cc) (llg) (Entered: 11/16/1999)

Nov. 15, 1999
17

ORDER by Mag Judge Janet F. King setting settlement conference. Settlement conference set for 9:30am on 12/13/99 (copies served by magistrate) (llg) (Entered: 11/16/1999)

Nov. 16, 1999
18

Joint MOTION to amend caption and correct name of defendant (to CAP) (llg) (Entered: 12/20/1999)

Dec. 17, 1999
19

CONSENT ORDER by Judge Charles A. Pannell GRANTING [18-1] joint motion to amend caption and correct name of defendant to ServiceMaster Aviation Services, Inc. (cc) (bsm) (Entered: 12/29/1999)

Dec. 28, 1999

Completed referral to Mag Judge John E. Dougherty (so) (Entered: 01/12/2000)

Jan. 2, 2000

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge Linda T. Walker (Calendar sheets forwarded) (so) (Entered: 01/12/2000)

Jan. 3, 2000
20

Joint MOTION by intervenor-plaintiffs and defendants to dismiss w/prej all claims of the intervenor-plaintiffs , as the parties have settled their disputes, with parties to bear their own costs. Plaintiff EEOC will remain as a party as its claims are not being dismissed at this time. Proposed order attached. (to CAP) (pdw) (Entered: 01/25/2000)

Jan. 25, 2000
21

ORDER by Judge Charles A. Pannell GRANTING [20-1] joint motion to dismiss w/prej all claims of the intervenor-plaintiffs. The sole remaining plaintiff in this case shall be the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (cc) (llg) (Entered: 01/28/2000)

Jan. 27, 2000

Proposed consent decree. (TO CAP) (als) (Entered: 07/19/2000)

July 14, 2000
22

CONSENT DECREE by Judge Charles A. Pannell as to the defendants instituted by the plaintiffs. This Consent Decree will promote and effectuate the purposes of Title VII and is not deemed or construed to be an admission of liability of wrongdoing by the dft, but constitutes the good faith settlement of a disputed claim (cc) (als) (Entered: 07/21/2000)

July 20, 2000

Case terminated. (als) (Entered: 07/21/2000)

July 20, 2000

Completed referral to Mag Judge Linda T. Walker (als) (Entered: 07/28/2000)

July 20, 2000
23

Notice of filing of certification of posting by defendant Servicemaster Aviation. (aar) (Entered: 08/18/2000)

Aug. 17, 2000

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 21, 1999

Closing Date: July 20, 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Servicemaster Aviation Services, L.P., Private Entity/Person

ServiceMaster Aviation, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Delta Airlines, Inc. , Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 144000

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit