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Case Name Daniels v. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago EE-IL-0288
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-01186 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On February 25, 1998 eight African Americans filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of race pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1981 against their current or former employer, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On June 18, 19 ... read more >
On February 25, 1998 eight African Americans filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of race pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1981 against their current or former employer, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On June 18, 1998, the complaint was amended to add plaintiffs and a Title VII race discrimination claim. Their specific complaint was that the defendant discriminated against African Americans when making promotions. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys' fees and costs.

On March 28, 2000 the district court (Judge William Hibbler) denied defendant's motion to dismiss and certified a class action. On May 30, 2000 the class was narrowed to include African-Americans who were or had been employed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago after February 26, 1996 below the manager level and who suffered an act of discrimination with respect to promotion. On May 22, 2002, however, the court decertified the class action and the named class members opted to continue the suit on an individual basis. Some of these plaintiffs added age discrimination and sex discrimination complaints and also alleged that they had been discriminated against in regards to pay and training.

On July 2, 2003 the court (Judge Hibbler) denied the defendant's motion to dismiss in regards to some of the individual plaintiffs but on March 3, 2004 the court granted summary judgment to the defendant against five plaintiffs. On February 18, 2005 summary judgment was granted against five more plaintiffs. The testimony of plaintiffs' expert--who had conducted statistical analysis of promotion patterns--was excluded on April 15, 2005 and on March 31, 2006 summary judgment was granted against the three remaining plaintiffs. The case came to a close when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Judge Easterbrook, Judge Posner, and Judge Wood) affirmed the district court on March 8, 2007.

Michael Perry - 08/21/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex 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
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Plaintiff Description All African−Americans who are or were employed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago after 2/26/96 below the Manager level who suffered an act of discrimination with respect to promotion.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
1:98-cv-01186 (N.D. Ill.) 03/22/2007
EE-IL-0288-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order (Granting class certification and denying motion to dismiss) 03/28/2000 (194 F.R.D. 609) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Denying motion to dismiss) 07/02/2003 (2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11484) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0011.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
PLAINTIFF ALICE DIXON'S ANSWER TO DEFENDANT'S LOCAL RULE 56.1 MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT 08/15/2003
EE-IL-0288-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
PLAINTIFF GERARD BRICE'S ANSWER TO DEFENDANT'S LOCAL RULE 56.1 MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT 08/20/2003
EE-IL-0288-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Granting defendant summary judgment with respect to five plaintiffs) 03/03/2004 (2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 3412) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0012.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Granting defendant summmary judgment with respect to five plaintiffs) 02/18/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Statement (Granting defendant's motion to exclude the testimony of an expert) 04/15/2005 (2005 WL 6202341) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judgment 03/31/2006 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Granting summary judgment against three plaintiffs) 03/31/2006 (2006 WL 861969 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 19595) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion (Affirming the District Court) 03/08/2007 (476 F.3d 522)
EE-IL-0288-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | External Link | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Court of Appeals website
Judges Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0288-0006
Hibbler, William J. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0288-0001 | EE-IL-0288-0007 | EE-IL-0288-0009 | EE-IL-0288-0010 | EE-IL-0288-0011 | EE-IL-0288-0012 | EE-IL-0288-9000
Posner, Richard Allen (Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0288-0006
Wood, Diane Pamela (Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0288-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Awe, Olayimika (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Bogart, Susan (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Bolin, Alenna (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Dimopoulos, Elena (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Jako, Juron (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Memon, Kamran (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Mercherson, Denise (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Singer, Cecile (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Stein, Edward T. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Vodak, Kevin (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Walker, Susan Lee (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Younes, Joseph (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Abram, Thomas G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Bayles, James (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Brock, Amy Pope (Wisconsin)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Knospe, Elizabeth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Runnels, Charis A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Stillman, Nina (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Voytovich, Anna (Illinois)
EE-IL-0288-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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