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Case Name Hawkins v. Groot Industries, Inc. EE-IL-0296
Docket / Court No. 01 C 1731 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 12, 2001, two African-Americans who were former employees of Groot Industries filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. Plaintiffs, ... read more >
On March 12, 2001, two African-Americans who were former employees of Groot Industries filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for monetary and injunctive relief, alleging racial and national origin harassment and discrimination. Specifically, they alleged that defendants subjected African Americans and Hispanics to inferior terms and conditions of employment due to their race and national origin, and also discriminated against them in connection with promotions, work assignments, compensation, transfers, discipline and terms and conditions of employment.

Following the filing of complaint, plaintiffs moved to add two more Hispanic plaintiffs as class members and class representatives. On August 5, 2002, the Court (Judge Joan B. Gottschall) granted plaintiffs' motion to add Hispanic plaintiffs with respect to the § 1981 claims, but denied their motion to add under the Title VII claim, because the two Hispanic plaintiffs did not file timely charges of discrimination with the EEOC and their claims did not arise out of sufficiently similarly discriminatory treatment as those allegations found in the African American plaintiffs' EEOC charges.

On March 31, 2003, the Court (Judge Joan B. Gottschall) partly granted defendants' motion for summary judgment against the two African-American plaintiffs, because plaintiffs did not show enough evidence with regard to discriminatory discharge and retaliatory discharge.

The case seemed to develop in favor of defendants. On September 2, 2003, the Court (Judge Gottschall) denied plaintiffs' motion for class certification and on the same day, granted defendants' motion for summary judgment against the two Hispanic plaintiffs, because the two plaintiffs did not present enough evidence to support their discriminatory discharge and hostile work environment claims.

In light of this, on September 29, 2004, the parties agreed to a tentative settlement on an individual basis, and the plaintiffs' counsel moved to dismiss the case with leave to reinstate within 60 days. The Court granted plaintiffs' motion.

Kunyi Zhang - 10/30/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
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) Groot Industries, Inc.
Groot Recycling and Waste Services, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are former Black and Hispanic employees of defendants.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:01-cv-1731 (N.D. Ill.) 12/06/2004
EE-IL-0296-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 03/12/2001
EE-IL-0296-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (plaintiffs' motion to amend complaint is granted in part and denied in part) 08/05/2002 (210 F.R.D. 226) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0296-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (defendants' motion for summary judgment against plaintiff Anderson Hawkins and Larry Woodfork is granted in part and denied in part) 03/31/2003 (2003 WL 1720069) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0296-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Class Action Complaint 08/12/2003
EE-IL-0296-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (plaintiffs' motion for class certification is denied) 09/02/2003 (2003 WL 22057238) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0296-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (defendants' motion for summary judgment against plaintiffs Enrique Hernandez and Javier Guerrero is granted) 09/02/2003 (2003 WL 22078382) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0296-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (the case is dismissed with leave to reinstate within 60 days) 09/29/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0296-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Gottschall, Joan B. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0296-0002 | EE-IL-0296-0003 | EE-IL-0296-0005 | EE-IL-0296-0006 | EE-IL-0296-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Asonye, Uche O. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0296-0001 | EE-IL-0296-0004 | EE-IL-0296-9000
Molina, Nydia (Illinois)
EE-IL-0296-9000
Randolph, Justin Giles (Illinois)
EE-IL-0296-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Dugan, William Francis (Illinois)
EE-IL-0296-9000
Metz, David Elliot (Illinois)
EE-IL-0296-9000
Ross, Jeffrey Kenneth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0296-9000
Walle, John M. Vande (Illinois)
EE-IL-0296-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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