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Case Name Latuga v. Hooters Inc. EE-IL-0281
Docket / Court 1:93-cv-07709 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On December 23, 1993, a male applicant to the Hooters of Orland Park, IL filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., against Hooters Inc. and Hooters or Orland Park in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The ... read more >
On December 23, 1993, a male applicant to the Hooters of Orland Park, IL filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., against Hooters Inc. and Hooters or Orland Park in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged that he had been discriminated against on account of his gender when he was not hired for a waiter possession because Hooters has a policy such that only women are hired for front of the house positions. The plaintiff asked for injunctive and monetary relief.

On March 31, 1994, the district court (Judge Charles Kocoras) granted the defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint on the basis that the EEOC charge did not give notice that a class action was being pursued. The plaintiff thereafter added an additional plaintiff similarly situated and amended the complaint. As discovery progressed additional plaintiffs were joined, as was defendant Hooters of Downers Grove, IL.



The plaintiffs filed an amended class action complaint and a motion for class certification on January 25, 1995. On July 27, 1995, the Magistrate Judge W. Thomas Rosemond Jr. issued a report recommending that the district court grant the motion for class certification. On March 29, 1996, the district court (Judge Blanche M. Manning) accepted the recommendation and certified the class. The class included all male applicants to Hooters stores in the United States who had not been hired for front of the house positions and males who were deterred from applying to these positions or seeking promotion to these positions since April 18, 1992.

On September 3, 1997, the plaintiff and defendant filed a joint motion for preliminary approval of a class settlement. On November 25, 1997, the court (Judge Morton Denlow) entered a consent decree, terminating the case. The settlement awarded the named plaintiffs and all other class members $2 million and provided for attorneys' fees and costs of $1.75 million. In addition, Hooters agreed to create three types of front of the house positions--Staff, Service Bartender, and Host--that would be gender neutral.

Michael Perry - 08/05/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Hooters Inc.
Hooters of America
Hooters of Downers Grove
Hooters of Orland Park
Plaintiff Description All male applicants to Hooters restaurants who were denied front of the house positions and all males who were deterred from applying to or seeking promotion to these positions.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
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 1997
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)
1:93-cv-07709 (N.D. Ill.) 06/11/2003
EE-IL-0281-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order (Granting Motion to Dismiss) 04/01/1994 (1994 WL 113079 / 1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4008) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0281-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Certifying the Class) 03/29/1996 (1996 WL 164427 / 1996 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4169) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0281-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Report Notice 09/05/2002
EE-IL-0281-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Report Notice 10/25/2002
EE-IL-0281-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Report 05/20/2003
EE-IL-0281-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Report Notice 05/30/2003
EE-IL-0281-0004 PDF | Detail
Report and Recommendation (Recommending the Certification of a Class Action) 07/27/2005 (1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10713)
EE-IL-0281-0007 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Denlow, Morton (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0281-9000
Kocoras, Charles Petros (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0281-0005
Manning, Blanche M. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0281-0006
Rosemond, W. Thomas Jr. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0281-0007 | EE-IL-0281-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Allison, Robert D. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Bradford, Tracy Lee (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Brown, Jeffrey Grant (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Jacobs, John G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Karsh, Joshua (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Mikva, Mary Lane (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Orlofsky, Jonah J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Plotkin, Robert (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Saltzman, Steven I. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Schneck, Steven Paul (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Seliger, Stephen G (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Casey, Patricia A. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Depew, Jacqueline R. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Feis, Brenda H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-0002 | EE-IL-0281-0004
Harstein, Barry A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Livingston, Donald R. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0281-0001 | EE-IL-0281-0003 | EE-IL-0281-9000
Pavageau, Laurent C. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Rabin, Richard J. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Refo, Patricia Lee (Arizona)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Simon, John B. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Spangler, Andrew Malen Jr. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Ward, John F. Jr. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-0001 | EE-IL-0281-0003
Wassberg, Catherine Patricia (Illinois)
EE-IL-0281-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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