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Case Name Palmer v. Combined Ins. Co. of Am. EE-IL-0284
Docket / Court 02-cv-01764 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 8, 2002, an employee of Combined Insurance Company of America ("Combined") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against her employer in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff alleged sex ... read more >
On March 8, 2002, an employee of Combined Insurance Company of America ("Combined") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against her employer in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff alleged sex discrimination and asked the court for damages and an injunction against future violations Specifically, the plaintiff contended that Combined had discriminated with regard to hiring and had created an atmosphere of male sexual aggression and constant sex-stereotyping.

On August 25, 2003, the court (Judge James B. Zagel) granted the plaintiff's motion for class certification. Palmer v. Combined Ins., 217 F.R.D. 430 (N.D. Ill. 2003). According to the PACER docket, the court (Judge Zagel) approved a settlement agreement on August 10, 2004, and a final settlement hearing was held on October 22, 2004.

On January 12, 2005, the parties made some corrections on the Settlement and Consent Decree. According to the corrected Consent Decree, defendant would pay a total of 8.5 million dollars in addition to other injunctive remedies.

On the same day, the court (Judge Zagel) dismissed the case.

Kunyi Zhang - 11/11/2010


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Promotion
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Combined Insurance of America
Plaintiff Description Females who worked as sales employees, sales agents, supervisors, and managers for Combined Insurance between April 30, 1999 and August 3, 2004.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0325 : Radmanovich v. Combined Ins. Co. (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)
1:02−cv−01764 (N.D. Ill.) 02/15/2007
EE-IL-0284-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 03/08/2002
EE-IL-0284-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 02/24/2003 (2003 WL 466065 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2534) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0284-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion 08/25/2003 (2003 WL 22003358) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0284-0008 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion 08/29/2003 (217 F.R.D. 430) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0284-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order Approving Settlement 01/12/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0284-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Corrected Stipulation of Settlement and Consent Decree 01/12/2005
EE-IL-0284-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Minute Entry (appointing monitor) 02/15/2007 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0284-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion for Order Appointing Jane Nolan Denes to Serve as Monitor 02/17/2007
EE-IL-0284-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Zagel, James Block (FISC, N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0284-0002 | EE-IL-0284-0005 | EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0007 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Benassi, Patricia Clarke (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0001 | EE-IL-0284-0003 | EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Burger, Joan Harlow (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Meites, Thomas R. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0001 | EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Mollica, Paul William (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0003 | EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Papachronis, Athena Marie (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Raimond, Johanna J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bradford, Tracy Lee (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-9000
Casey, Bernard John (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0003 | EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Gibbs, Patrick E. (California)
EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Lynch, John P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Mazura, Adrianne Clarise (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-9000
Mester, Mark S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0003 | EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Murphy, Kevin Mark (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Rawlinson, Matthew (Illinois)
EE-IL-0284-0006 | EE-IL-0284-0008 | EE-IL-0284-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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