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Case Name McGee v. Illinois Department of Transportation EE-IL-0277
Docket / Court 02-Cv-0277 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On January 11, 2002, two employees filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Illinois Department of Transportation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by ... read more >
On January 11, 2002, two employees filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Illinois Department of Transportation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive, compensatory, punitive, and other relief against the defendant's alleged racial discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. Specifically, the plaintiffs were plaintiffs in Massie et al. v. IDOT et al. who had received promotions following the consent decree. However, they alleged racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as a result.

On June 20, 2002 the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiffs' complaint. On November 5, 2002, the court (Judge Schenkier) granted and denied the motion in part, dismissing the § 1981 and § 1983 claims against IDOT, and holding that "challenged conduct fell within scope of prior consent decree and could be remedied through successful contempt proceeding brought thereunder, but parties did not intend for decree to provide the exclusive remedy for that conduct, nor did that result flow by operation of law; court's retention of jurisdiction to enforce consent decree was not sufficient, without ongoing contempt proceeding, to create a pending let alone parallel action; and complaint stated § 1983 claim against individual defendants." McGee v. IDOT, 2002 WL 31478261 (N.D. Ill. 2002).

According to the PACER docket, on September 27, 2004, a jury trial began. On October 4, 2004 the parties reported in open court that a settlement was reached; the trial summarily ended and the case was dismissed. The settlement agreement is not accessible.

Emily Kuznick - 04/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Illinois Department of Transportation
Plaintiff Description African American plaintiffs who received promotions following the consent decree
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0273 : Massie v. IDOT (N.D. Ill.)
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)
02-00277 (N.D. Ill.) 06/22/2005
EE-IL-0277-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 01/11/2002
EE-IL-0277-0001 PDF | Detail
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 06/20/2002 (2002 WL 32602566)
EE-IL-0277-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 07/18/2002 (2002 WL 32602573)
EE-IL-0277-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' complaint granted in part and denied in part 11/05/2002 (2002 WL 31478261 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21463) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0277-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 08/07/2003 (2003 WL 23683994)
EE-IL-0277-0004 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 02/12/2004 (2004 WL 434210 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2074) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0277-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER 04/01/2004 (2004 WL 726110 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 5453) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0277-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 04/15/2004 (2004 WL 835620 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 6501) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0277-0008 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Schenkier, Sidney I. (N.D. Ind.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0277-0002 | EE-IL-0277-0003 | EE-IL-0277-0004 | EE-IL-0277-0005 | EE-IL-0277-0006 | EE-IL-0277-0007 | EE-IL-0277-0008 | EE-IL-0277-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Franklin, Jamie S (Illinois)
EE-IL-0277-0001 | EE-IL-0277-0006 | EE-IL-0277-0008 | EE-IL-0277-9000
Mulder, Michael M (Illinois)
EE-IL-0277-0001 | EE-IL-0277-0006 | EE-IL-0277-0008 | EE-IL-0277-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Madigan, Lisa (Illinois)
EE-IL-0277-0004
Maine, Meghan (Illinois)
EE-IL-0277-9000
Rao, Arundathi P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0277-0006 | EE-IL-0277-0008 | EE-IL-0277-9000
Rascia, Ronald Anthony (Illinois)
EE-IL-0277-9000
Ryan, James E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0277-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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