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Case Name Binion v. Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority EE-IL-0291
Docket / Court 1:94-cv-03814 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On June 22, 1994, four black employees working as janitors in the housekeeping department of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 against their employer, a municipal ... read more >
On June 22, 1994, four black employees working as janitors in the housekeeping department of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 against their employer, a municipal corporation that manages convention and exposition activities at Chicago's Navy Pier and McCormick Place, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged racial discrimination. They specifically alleged that they were subject to a discriminatory disciplinary policy and sought injunctive relief and damages. They also alleged unequal employment opportunities in transfers, hours, and assignments as unscheduled walk-ins. Finally, they alleged verbal abuse and racial harassment.

On September 13, 1995, the court (Judge Brian Barnett Duff) granted the plaintiffs' motion for class certification. The class consisted of black janitors, with membership opening date of October 2, 1990 for Title VII claims and July 14, 1991 for Section 1981 claims. While conducting discovery the parties pursued settlement negotiations and on February 21, 1997, the court (Judge Charles R. Norgle Sr.) approved a settlement agreement. Under the agreement the class members, the class representatives, and their attorneys received a total of $1.2 million.

Michael Perry - 08/05/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race 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
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
Plaintiff Description Black janitors who worked for or continued to work for the defendant.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
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 1997
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)
1:94-cv-03814 (N.D. Ill.) 05/29/1997
EE-IL-0291-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Opinion (Granting motion to certify the class) 09/15/1995 (163 F.R.D. 517) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0291-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Duff, Brian Barnett (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0291-0001
Norgle, Charles Ronald Sr. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0291-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patner, Marshall (Illinois)
EE-IL-0291-9000
Seliger, Stephen G (Illinois)
EE-IL-0291-9000
Sonderby, Peter Robert (Illinois)
EE-IL-0291-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Abram, Thomas G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0291-9000
Nicolai, Michael Paul (Illinois)
EE-IL-0291-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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