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reinstatement . . . .” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e–5(g)(1) (2003). We have held that the decision of whether or not to grant reinstatement is within the discretion of the district court and that a court may properly consider factors such as the availability of positions, the plaintiff’s current employment status, and the impact reinstatement would have on employee relations in making its decision. Ray v. Iuka Special Mun. Separate Sch. Dist., 51 F.3d 1246, 1254-55 (5th Cir. 1995).

Southwest argues that the district court did not make the decision to deny Carmona’s motion for reinstatement independently of its decision to grant judgment as a matter of law to Southwest. Southwest notes that it did not even have time to respond to Carmona’s motion for reinstatement before the district court ruled on it. Therefore, Southwest argues that we should remand the issue of reinstatement to the district court if we determine that the district court erred in granting judgment as a matter of law to Southwest, so that the district court may fully examine the issue and the relevant factors.

The district court addressed the issue of reinstatement in a single sentence: “After consideration of the Defendant’s motion and renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law and in light of the evidence adduced at trial, the Court declines to exercise its equitable jurisdiction to reinstate Mr. Carmona.” The district court made no factual findings regarding the feasibility of reinstating Carmona that could support its order denying reinstatement independently of its decision to grant judgment as a matter of law to Southwest. We agree with Southwest that the district court’s order denying reinstatement should be vacated and this issue should be remanded to the district court for reconsideration in light of our holding that it was


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