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Case Name Wiginton v. CB Richard Ellis EE-IL-0283
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-06832 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On September 25, 2002, female employees of CB Richard Ellis filed a lawsuit against their employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs alleged that they had been discriminated ... read more >
On September 25, 2002, female employees of CB Richard Ellis filed a lawsuit against their employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs alleged that they had been discriminated against on the basis of their gender and asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as compensatory and punitive damages. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that there was a sexually hostile and offensive work environment, that they were sexually harassed, and that they lost favorable job assignments and other job related benefits.

According to the PACER docket, the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification on August 31, 2004. On September 9, 2006, they withdrew their motion for class certification, pending a settlement agreement. According to the PACER docket, the court approved a class action settlement agreement on January 9, 2008, according to which, defendant agreed to pay $3.4 million attorneys' fees, $35 million to named plaintiffs as incentive awards, and other monetary awards to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Additionally the settlement defined some equitable relief defendant should provide, such as no retaliation, having a harassment-free workplace policy, etc.

Kunyi Zhang - 01/20/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Goals and Timekeeping
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) CB Richard Ellis
Plaintiff Description female employees of CB Richard Ellis
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2010
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)
1:02−cv−06832 (N.D. Ill.) 11/08/2010
EE-IL-0283-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 05/06/2003 (2003 WL 21037874 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 7621) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0283-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion 09/16/2003 (2003 WL 22232907 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 16266) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0283-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion 10/27/2003 (2003 WL 22439865 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 19128) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0283-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Complaint 01/09/2004
EE-IL-0283-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 08/10/2004 (229 F.R.D. 568) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0283-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Corrected Settlement Agreement and Consent Decree 10/24/2007
EE-IL-0283-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Final Approval to Class Action Settlement 01/09/2008 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0283-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Andersen, Wayne R. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0283-0002 | EE-IL-0283-0005 | EE-IL-0283-0007 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Ashman, Martin C. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0283-0004 | EE-IL-0283-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berman, Steve W. (Washington)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Breckenride, Jeniphr AE (Washington)
EE-IL-0283-0006 | EE-IL-0283-0007 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Connolly, Jennifer Fountain (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-0003 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Duffy, Michael Lawrence (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-9000
Favre, JoDee (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Fegan, Elizabeth A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-0003 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Gluek, Karla (Minnesota)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Gustafson, Daniel E. (Minnesota)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Nesbitt, Amber Margaret (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0003 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Styant-Browne, Nicholas (Washington)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Wexler, Kenneth A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0001 | EE-IL-0283-0003 | EE-IL-0283-0006 | EE-IL-0283-0007 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Zipprich, Renee Lynn (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Alamuddin, Sari M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0006 | EE-IL-0283-0007 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Billows, Tracy Marie (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-9000
Carlson, Scott A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-9000
Davidson, Deborah S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0006 | EE-IL-0283-0007 | EE-IL-0283-9000
DeGroff, Christopher James (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0003 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Duprey, Anne Elizabeth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0003 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Feis, Brenda H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0283-0003 | EE-IL-0283-0006 | EE-IL-0283-0007 | EE-IL-0283-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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