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Case Name Jefferson v. Ingersoll Int'l Inc. EE-IL-0292
Docket / Court 98-CV- 50042. ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On February 9, 1998, a group of black former employees of defendants filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division against Ingersoll under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq. ... read more >
On February 9, 1998, a group of black former employees of defendants filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division against Ingersoll under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for monetary and injunctive relief, claiming class-wide discrimination in promotions, compensation, and hiring. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had engaged in the following employment practices that resulted in unlawful race discrimination: (1) failure to post or disclose job promotions and job openings; (2) use of word-of-mouth hiring and nepotism in a predominantly white work force; (3) race-coding of applications; and (4) use of a subjective decisionmaking process by a predominantly white supervisory staff in hiring applicants, promoting employees and assigning wages.

On August 23, 1999, the Court (Judge Philip G. Reinhard) partially granted the plaintiffs' motion for class certification. The Court certified the class with regard to the hiring process, but refused to certify the compensation class and the promotion class on the ground that these claims were highly individualized and there were not enough similar situated plaintiffs.

On January 4, 2000, the Court (Judge Reinhard) granted the defendants' motion for partial summary judgment on the ground that the plaintiffs could not use the single employer theory as the defendants were separate corporate entities. After that, the parties engaged in multiple discovery disputes. On July 13, 2001, the parties reached a settlement, and the Court dismissed the case. The details of the settlement agreement are unavailable.

Kunyi Zhang - 11/05/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
EEOC intervened in private suit
General
Disparate Impact
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) Brian Howard
Ingersoll Cutting Tool Company
Ingersoll International Inc
Ingersoll Maschinen
Ingersoll Milling Machine Company
Werkzeuge GmbH
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are current or former black employees of, or black applicants for employment at one of the defendants.
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0119 : EEOC v. Ingersoll International, Inc. (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)
3:98-cv-50042 (N.D. Ill.) 07/01/2010
EE-IL-0292-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order (plaintiffs' motion for class certification is partly granted) 08/23/1999 (1999 WL 669229) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0292-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion and Order (defendants' motion for partial summary judgment is granted) 01/04/2000 (2000 WL 28256) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0292-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion and Order (plaintiffs' motion for post-judgment fees and expenses is partially granted) 11/19/2002 (2002 WL 31598990) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0292-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Reinhard, Philip Godfrey (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0292-0001 | EE-IL-0292-0002 | EE-IL-0292-0003 | EE-IL-0292-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Allison, Robert D. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Bradtke, James G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Elkin, Laurie S (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Kurtz, Dana L. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Lambert, Kelly K. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Mangold Spoto, Kathleen (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Piers, Matthew J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Schneck, Steven Paul (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Soule, Jennifer (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Babbitt, Ellen M (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Brock, Amy Pope (Wisconsin)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Land, Peter G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Landsberg, Dorothy S. (California)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Medve, Marianna (New York)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Melton, Bruce William (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Minnefor, Eileen (New York)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Pottinger, Robert C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Rock, Jason H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Zeglis, James D. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0292-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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