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Case Name United States v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University EE-IL-0260
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-04037-JPG-DGW ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On February 8, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees for Southern Illinois University under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The Department of Justice asked the court for ... read more >
On February 8, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees for Southern Illinois University under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII by discriminating against non-specified minorities on the basis of race and white males on the basis of race and gender.

The plaintiffs alleged that the Proactive Recruitment of Multicultural Professionals for Tomorrow ("PROMPT"), the Bridge to the Doctorate ("BRIDGE"), and the Graduate Dean's fellowship programs were each only open to members of "underrepresented minority groups"--namely, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders as well as women. These discriminatory practices, they argued, amounted to employment discrimination against persons not members of those groups, on the basis of race, national origin, and/or sex.

The parties apparently completed their settlement negotiation before filing suit, because the day after the lawsuit was filed the District Court (Judge J. Phil Gilbert) approved and entered a consent decree whereby Southern Illinois University agreed to hire, employ, compensate, provide terms, conditions and privileges of employment to, persons for any paid fellowship position without discriminating on the basis of race, national origin or sex.

We have no further information on this case.

Jane Wu - 10/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
White
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Illinois
Plaintiff Description United States of America on behalf of Southern Illinois University students who are neither female nor from traditionally underrepresented groups
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:06-cv-04037-JPG-DGW (S.D. Ill.) 02/09/2006
EE-IL-0260-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/08/2006
EE-IL-0260-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/09/2006
EE-IL-0260-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Gilbert, John Phil (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Wilkerson, Donald G. (S.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0260-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gadzichowski, John M. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0260-0001 | EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Hammond, Kristofor J (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0260-0001 | EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Jones, Laura J (Illinois)
EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
McNally, Edward E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0260-0002
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0260-0001 | EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brittingham, Mark A (Illinois)
EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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