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Case Name Griffin v. Sutton Ford, Inc. EE-IL-0294
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-00931 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On February 21, 2006 plaintiffs, a group of females, filed suit against their current or former employer, Sutton Ford, Inc., in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. They alleged that Sutton Ford and individual male employees had violated 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII (42 ... read more >
On February 21, 2006 plaintiffs, a group of females, filed suit against their current or former employer, Sutton Ford, Inc., in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. They alleged that Sutton Ford and individual male employees had violated 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII (42 U.S.C. § 2000e), and state law and were liable for assault and battery. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendant created and fostered a hostile work environment. Specifically they alleged that Sutton Ford engaged in gender discrimination against women by tolerating and fostering rampant sexual harassment, allowing supervisors to make promotions and favorable assignments contingent upon sexual favors, retaliating against women who complained, and constructively discharging female employees. One plaintiff also alleged that Sutton Ford had engaged in racial discrimination against Caucasians.

On September 15, 2006 the district court (Judge Elaine E. Bucklo) granted defendants' motions to dismiss the counts related to assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress and two complaints that were time barred but denied defendants' motion to dismiss a retaliation claim. On October 31, 2006 the parties reached a settlement agreement on the remaining counts awarding the plaintiffs unspecified monetary damages. The case was closed on December 14, 2006.

Michael Perry - 08/21/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
White
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Sutton Ford, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Female employees of the defendant.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:06−cv−00931 (N.D. Ill.) 12/14/2006
EE-IL-0294-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/21/2006
EE-IL-0294-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
First Amended Complaint 03/30/2006
EE-IL-0294-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Second Amended Complaint 05/31/2006
EE-IL-0294-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Concerning various motions to dismiss) 09/15/2006 (452 F.Supp.2d 842) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0294-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | External Link | Detail
Judges Ashman, Martin C. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0294-9000
Bucklo, Elaine E. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0294-0004 | EE-IL-0294-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Asonye, Uche O. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-0001 | EE-IL-0294-0002 | EE-IL-0294-0003 | EE-IL-0294-9000
Pando, Mark (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-0002 | EE-IL-0294-0003
Papka, Craig T. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-0002 | EE-IL-0294-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Carpenter, Kimberly Ann (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Cheskes, Jill A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Greene, Martin Peter (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Lee, Kevin Thomas (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Mitchell, Gregory T. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Ross, Kimberly Anne (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Singleton, James L. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Smith, Lawrence Redmond (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Waguespack, Geoffrey Michael (Illinois)
EE-IL-0294-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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