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Case Name Ellis v. Elgin Riverboat Resort EE-IL-0289
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-07093 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
Four African-American prospective casino employees filed a class action complaint against Elgin Riverboat Resort d/b/a Grand Victoria Riverboat, Nevada Landing Partnership, and RBG, Ltd. (collectively referred to as "Elgin") under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. ... read more >
Four African-American prospective casino employees filed a class action complaint against Elgin Riverboat Resort d/b/a Grand Victoria Riverboat, Nevada Landing Partnership, and RBG, Ltd. (collectively referred to as "Elgin") under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq. in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.

The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both declaratory and injunctive relief, charging Elgin with engaging in a pattern and practice of discriminatory hiring based on race.

On July 7, 1999, the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification. On March 27, 2000, the court (Judge Joan B. Gottschall) granted this motion, certifying the class as "those African-Americans who were qualified for employment as 'dealers' and applied for work as 'dealers' at the Grand Victorial casino, but were not hired from December 25, 1997 to the present." On February 7, 2003, after nearly three years of discovery, the defendants filed a motion to decertify or, in the alternative, modify the class. On August 21, 2003, the court (Judge Martin C. Ashman) granted the defendant's motion to decertify the class.

When the plaintiffs were stripped of their class certification, their lawyers withdrew from the case, and the plaintiffs decided to proceed pro se. On September 21, 2004, the court (Judge Ashman) granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment, thus dismissing and terminating the case. On October 26, 2004, the plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal, and the appeal was denied and dismissed on February 17, 2005.

Nathaniel Koslof - 04/24/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Grand Victoria Riverboat
Plaintiff Description Those African-Americans who were qualified for employment as ‘dealers’ and applied for work as ‘dealers’ at the Grand Victorial casino, but were not hired from December 25, 1997 to the present.
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 n/a
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-07093 (N.D. Ill.) 04/20/2006
EE-IL-0289-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint 07/07/1999
EE-IL-0289-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order (Granting class certification) 03/29/2000 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0289-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion to Decertify Class 02/06/2003
EE-IL-0289-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Decertifying the class) 08/21/2003 (217 F.R.D. 415) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0289-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Advising plaintiffs of the consequences of failing to respond to a motion for summary judgment) 02/19/2004 (2004 WL 434203 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2497) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0289-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion (Granting defendant summary judgment) 09/22/2004 (2004 WL 2125122 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 18971) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0289-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Ashman, Martin C. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0289-0003 | EE-IL-0289-0005 | EE-IL-0289-0006 | EE-IL-0289-9000
Gottschall, Joan B. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0289-0004 | EE-IL-0289-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers English, Marcia G (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-9000
Flaxman, Kenneth N. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-0001 | EE-IL-0289-9000
Singer, Cecile (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-0001 | EE-IL-0289-9000
Ward, Anderson J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Dunphy, Kevin Vincent (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-9000
Gustman, David C (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-9000
Kelly, Mairen C. (Georgia)
EE-IL-0289-9000
McFetridge, Jane M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-0002 | EE-IL-0289-9000
More, Donna B. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-9000
Rice, Joel W. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-0002 | EE-IL-0289-9000
Schroeder, Mark W. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-9000
Strubbe, Matt David (Illinois)
EE-IL-0289-0002 | EE-IL-0289-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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