The case between Justin Daniel and Auto Glass Now over allegations of racial discrimination has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Northeastern Division. Both parties asked the court for dismissal.
Former Auto Glass Now technician Justin Daniel had filed a lawsuit alleging that “Auto Glass Now discriminated against [him] based on his race by terminating his employment.”
Daniel is an African American who worked in Auto Glass Now’s Huntsville, Ala., branch.
The company had denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim, alleging Daniel signed a non-compete agreement and “it came to Auto Glass Now’s attention that Daniel was operating his own business on the side,” according to court documents.
In a court report regarding the “parties planning meeting,” both parties indicated they were open to settlement.
“While the parties remain open to discussions regarding settlement, the parties believe they need to engage in discovery before this case would be ripe for settlement or mediation,” according to the court document.
“The parties believe that this case should be evaluated at the appropriate time for proceeding upon one or more of the tracks provided by the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Plan,” according to the court documents.
However, in the requests for dismissal, neither party indicated that a settlement has been reached.
“Justin Daniel moves to dismiss this action with prejudice each party to bear their own costs and expenses,” according to Daniel’s motion for dismissal.
“Defendant and counterclaimant AutoGlassNow LLC, incorrectly identified in the complaint as Auto Glass Now, moves to dismiss its counterclaim against plaintiff and counter-defendant Justin Daniel with prejudice, each party to bear his or its own costs and expenses,” according to Auto Glass Now’s motion for dismissal.
The judge has dismissed the case.