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Case Name Robinson v. Sheriff of Cook County EE-IL-0297
Docket / Court 95 C 2205 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On April 11, 1995, a black job applicant filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Illinois. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged that the defendant discriminated against him and "other black persons" on the basis ... read more >
On April 11, 1995, a black job applicant filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Illinois. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged that the defendant discriminated against him and "other black persons" on the basis of race and color in connection with the hiring of correctional officers. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant had hired a disproportionate number of white and Hispanic applicants and had failed and refused to hire the plaintiff and other black persons as correctional officers in proportion to their representation in the pool of persons certified for employment.

On January 10, 1996, the Court (Judge James B. Zagel) denied the plaintiff's motion for class certification on the ground that the plaintiff had claims atypical of the class and would therefore be an inadequate class representative. On Aprial 11, 1996, the plaintiff filed his Amended Complaint named another applicant as an additional plaintiff.

However, on July 22, 1996, the Court (Judge Zagel) ruled that the other plaintiff could not intervene as class representative because she had failed to exhausted her administrative remedies by not filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

On March 16, 1998, the Court entered judgment in favor of defendant and against plaintiff.

Kunyi Zhang - 11/11/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Sheriff of Cook County
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are black applicants for correctional officers in Cook County.
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 None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1998
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-2205 (N.D. Ill.) 03/22/1999
EE-IL-0297-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order 07/22/1996 (1996 WL 417559) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0297-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Zagel, James Block (FISC, N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0297-0001 | EE-IL-0297-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Flaxman, Kenneth N. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0297-9000
Redman, Lesley Ann (Illinois)
EE-IL-0297-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brock, Gina Elizabeth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0297-9000
Lopez, Sophia (Illinois)
EE-IL-0297-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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