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Case Name Massey v. Zema Systems Corp. EE-IL-0295
Docket / Court 95-CV-3504 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On June 14, 1995, two former black employees of defendant filed a lawsuit against defendant under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C § 1981, and the Illinois Human Rights Act in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by private ... read more >
On June 14, 1995, two former black employees of defendant filed a lawsuit against defendant under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C § 1981, and the Illinois Human Rights Act 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, claiming that defendant discriminated against them on the basis of race. Specifically, the plaintiffs argue that defendant discriminated against African-American employees by segregating its offices and denying African-American employees the benefits and superior working conditions of their Caucasian colleagues.

On September 30, 1998, the Court (Judge Williams) granted defendant's motion for summary judgment as to the Illinois Human Rights Act on the ground that judicial review was not permitted if the State Human Rights Commission did not issue a final order on a complaint, but denied defendant's motion for summary judgment with regard to Title VII and Section 1981 claims.

Plaintiffs then sought class certification, but according to the docket, at the time the case was dismissed, the Court had not certified a class.

On July 8, 1999, the Court (Judge Ronald Guzman) dismissed the case when the plaintiffs failed to appear.

Kunyi Zhang - 11/07/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Zema Systems Corporation
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were former black employees of defendant.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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-3504 (N.D. Ill.) 07/08/1999
EE-IL-0295-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order 09/30/1998 (1998 WL 708913) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0295-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Guzman, Ronald A. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0295-9000
Williams, Ann Claire (Seventh Circuit, N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0295-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gardiner, Thomas G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0295-9000
Hines, John L. Jr. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0295-9000
Hurley, Christopher T. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0295-9000
McKenna, Mark R. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0295-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Guerin, Roger J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0295-9000
Madans, Alan S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0295-9000
Walsh, Christopher G. Jr. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0295-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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