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Case Name Warnell v. Ford Motor Co. EE-IL-0293
Docket / Court 98 C 1503 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 12, 1998, two Ford employees filed a lawsuit against Ford and Ford Stamping Plant under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. section 1981, and state law in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for monetary and ... read more >
On March 12, 1998, two Ford employees filed a lawsuit against Ford and Ford Stamping Plant under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. section 1981, and state law in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for monetary and injunctive relief, alleging that race and sex discrimination claims under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. section 1981, as well as state common law claims (assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent retention). Specifically, the Plaintiffs alleged that women employees at Defendants' Chicago plants had been subject to a pervasively hostile, intimidating, and abusive work environment.

In June 1998, the Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiffs intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent retention claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction on the ground that those claims were preempted by the Illinois Human Rights Act. On October 21, 1998, the Court (Judge Elaine Bucklo) held that according to the Illinois Supreme Court's decision, the Court still had jurisdiction because those claims were not dependent on causes of action created by the Illinois Human Rights Act.

In September 1999, the Defendants and the EEOC announced that they had entered into a Conciliation Agreement, providing for $7.5 million to compensate women affected at the plants since January 1, 1996. However, the EEOC and the Defendants excluded the Plaintiffs from the discussions leading to the Agreement.

On October 15, 1999, the Court (Judge Bucklo) granted the plaintiffs' motion for class certification and also held that the Conciliation Agreement between the Defendants and the EEOC did not moot their private lawsuit.

On August 25, 2000, the Court (Judge Bucklo) approved the parties' settlement agreement, which provided for a $12 million fund, $9 million of which was solely for the benefit of the class, and $3 million of which could be used for attorneys' fees. On November 17, the Court (Judge Bucklo) awarded Plaintiffs' Counsel attorneys' fees of $2.75 million.

On the same day, the Court (Judge Bucklo) dismissed the case.

Kunyi Zhang - 01/17/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Ford Motor Company
Ford Stamping Plant
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were female workers now or formerly employed at Defendants' Chicago plants.
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 2000
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0327 : Rapier v. Ford Motor Co. (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)
1:98-cv-1503 (N.D. Ill.) 04/06/2006
EE-IL-0293-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order (motion to dismiss denied) 10/21/1998 (1998 WL 748328) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0293-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion and Order (motion to compel granted) 12/10/1998 (183 F.R.D. 624) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0293-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order (motion to dismiss denied) 05/18/1999 (48 F.Supp.2d 1095) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0293-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order (class certified) 10/15/1999 (189 F.R.D. 383) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0293-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Minute Order (approving settlement and awarding attorneys' fees) 11/17/2000 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0293-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (denying plaintiffs' motion to stop settlement agreement/claims process) 06/10/2002 (205 F.Supp.2d 956) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0293-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bucklo, Elaine E. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0293-0001 | EE-IL-0293-0002 | EE-IL-0293-0003 | EE-IL-0293-0004 | EE-IL-0293-0005 | EE-IL-0293-0006 | EE-IL-0293-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barber, Scott D. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Beem, Marc Oliver (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Browne, Garrett W. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Fifer, Samuel (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Hunt, Keith L. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Kline, Mitchell (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Roach, Kathleen Lynn (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Rodosky, Katherine Ann (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Spears, Natalie J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Vrdolyak, Edward R. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Zopp, Andrea L. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Becker, Evelyn L. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Belaga, Debra S. (California)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Boyle, Brian D. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Crosby, Kristen Wenstrup (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Gladden, James W. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Goodman, Marcia E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Hagen, Catherine B. (California)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Kane, Maritoni D. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Kwong, Teresa (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Moritz, Shannon Michelle (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Teuton, Mark (California)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Other Lawyers Bowers, Adam Raymond (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Hubert, Donald (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Quinn, Carolyn G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0293-9000
Stewart, Stephanie L. (Illinois)
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