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Case Name Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods, Inc. EE-IL-0290
Docket / Court 1:95-cv-01666 ( 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 March 16, 1995, two employees filed a lawsuit against their employer, Dominick's Finer Foods Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Six other plaintiffs ... read more >
On March 16, 1995, two employees filed a lawsuit against their employer, Dominick's Finer Foods Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Six other plaintiffs were later added. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged employment discrimination based on sex and race, and asked the court for injunctive and declaratory relief, back pay, and damages. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant had discriminated against them in promotions, job assignments, hours of work, and training.

According to the PACER docket, on July 18, 1996, the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification. On March 31, 1997, the court (Judge Elaine E. Bucklo) granted in part the plaintiffs' motion for class certification. On April 8, 1997 the court (Judge Bucklo) held that it would certify a subclass of female employees but it would not certify a subclass of Hispanic employees. The class consisted of all females employed by Dominick's Finer Foods Inc. between September 23, 1993, and the date of the case. Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods, Inc., 172 F.R.D. 370 (N.D. Ill. 1997).

According to the PACER docket, on March 29, 2000, the parties filed a joint motion for final approval of the settlement agreement. The settlement agreement included a settlement fund of $7,650,000 for over 12,000 class members and provided that the defendant would pay $1,900,000 to class counsel. The settlement also provided injunctive relief and stated that the defendant would not engage in practices that have a disparate impact upon female employees or practices of retaliation against any of the class members. The defendant agreed to institute non-discrimination and diversity training, as well as a Career Connection Program to assist employees and applicants in attaining their goals and to ensure equal employment opportunities. It stated that the provisions of the agreement would remain in effect for three years. On March 31, 2000, the court (Judge Bucklo) approved the settlement agreement and dismissed the case.

Emily Kuznick - 05/01/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Dominick's Finer Foods, Inc.
Plaintiff Description All females employed by Dominick’s Finer Foods Inc.
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 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
1:95-cv-01666 (N.D. Ill.) 04/07/2005
EE-IL-0290-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Opinion 08/22/1995 (1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 12468) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0290-0007 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Order (denying motion for reconsideration and granting the motion for clarification) 09/07/1995 (1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13197) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0290-0008 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion 08/09/1996 (937 F.Supp. 723) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0290-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (Granting in part class certification) 02/21/1997 (1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 1984) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0290-0009 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion (Plaintiffs' certification granted in part and denied in part) 04/08/1997 (172 F.R.D. 370) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0290-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judge Keys' order affirmed 01/15/1998 (1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 526) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0290-0010 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion 03/31/1998 (1998 WL 161020) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0290-0006 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Settlement Agreement 03/31/2000
EE-IL-0290-0001 PDF | Detail
Class Counsel's Final Accounting Regarding the Class Action Settlement Fund and Request for Distribution of the Residual Funds to Class Counsel 02/08/2002
EE-IL-0290-0003 PDF | Detail
Class Counsel's Unopposed Motion for the Entry of a Supplemental Order Approving the Distribution of the Residual Funds to Class Counsel 03/23/2004
EE-IL-0290-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Bucklo, Elaine E. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0290-0001 | EE-IL-0290-0002 | EE-IL-0290-0003 | EE-IL-0290-0004 | EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0006 | EE-IL-0290-0008 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Keys, Arlander (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0290-0001 | EE-IL-0290-0004 | EE-IL-0290-0006 | EE-IL-0290-0007 | EE-IL-0290-0008 | EE-IL-0290-0009
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Arimond, Bridget (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-9000
Cummings, Jeffrey Irvine (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0002 | EE-IL-0290-0003 | EE-IL-0290-0004 | EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0007 | EE-IL-0290-0008 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Fisher, Ian Howard (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Friedman, Jeffrey Mark (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0004 | EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0007 | EE-IL-0290-0008 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Galland, George Freeman Jr. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-9000
Holman, Brian Richard (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0008 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Miner, Judson Hirsch (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0001 | EE-IL-0290-0002 | EE-IL-0290-0003 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Strauss, Paul Leonard (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0004 | EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boylan, Michael J. (California)
EE-IL-0290-0001
Gibbs, Patrick E. (California)
EE-IL-0290-9000
Hardwicke, Timothy Bunker (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Lies, Mark Andrew III (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0004 | EE-IL-0290-0007 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Lynch, John P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0001 | EE-IL-0290-0002 | EE-IL-0290-0003 | EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Marks, Stephanie P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-9000
Masover, Cacilia Reich (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-9000
Mester, Mark S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Murray, John T. (Georgia)
EE-IL-0290-0008 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Stein, Sylvia A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0290-0005 | EE-IL-0290-0009 | EE-IL-0290-0010 | EE-IL-0290-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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