Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD., No. 13-13519 (11th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Jose Morabito, an Argentinian national, filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, alleging that RCCL violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12112, when RCCL refused to renew his employment contract after he was diagnosed with HIV and Kaposi Sarcoma, even though he had been declared fit for duty. In this appeal, the EEOC challenged the district court's denial of its application for enforcement of an administrative subpoena issued to RCCL. The court concluded that the disputed portions of the subpoena are aimed at discovering members of a potential class of employees or applicants who suffered from a pattern or practice of discrimination, rather than fleshing out Mr. Morabito's charge. Even if the information sought has some tenuous relevance to the charge filed by Mr. Morabito, the court found no error in the district court's holding that compliance with the subpoena would be unduly burdensome to RCCL. The district court's weighing of the burden to RCCL and the likely irrelevance of the information to Mr. Morabito's charge was not an abuse of discretion, especially in light of the jurisdictional issues raised by RCCL. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.