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Case Name Bennett v. Schmidt EE-IL-0298
Docket / Court 1:96-cv-06914 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On October 23, 1996 the plaintiff filed suit against the defendant and others in their capacities as members of the Board of Directors of the School District 15, Dupage County and the School District alleging violations Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §1981, 42 U.S.C. §1983, ... read more >
On October 23, 1996 the plaintiff filed suit against the defendant and others in their capacities as members of the Board of Directors of the School District 15, Dupage County and the School District alleging violations Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §1981, 42 U.S.C. §1983, and the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiff had applied for a teaching position in the school district in 1995 but was denied an interview by the screening committee. She specifically alleged that she had been discriminated against because she was black and that an all-white screening committee had recommended interviews for only white candidates and hired only white candidates. She claimed that the defendants had engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against black applicants that resulted in disparate treatment. She also claimed that hiring policies led to a disparate impact on black applicants.

On November 20, 1997 the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Judge Ann Claire Williams) granted the defendants' motion to dismiss on the grounds that the plaintiff's complaint violated Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by being lengthy, repetitious, and confusing and that her claims were insufficiently plead and violated rule 12(b)(6). The plaintiff then appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and on August 31, 1998 the Court of Appeals (Judge Bauer, Judge Wood, and Judge Easterbrook) vacated the district court's ruling and remanded the case for further proceedings.

The parties thereafter pursued discovery and on July 13, 2000 the district court (Judge Charles P. Kocoras) granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff again appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and on December 29, 2000 the parties reached an unknown settlement agreement at a prehearing conference.

Michael Perry - 09/09/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
City/County Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) School District 15, Dupage County
Plaintiff Description Black applicant for a teaching position in a school district.
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
97-4198 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 12/23/1997
EE-IL-0298-9001.pdf | Detail
Westlaw
1:96−cv−06914 (N.D. Ill.) 11/29/2000
EE-IL-0298-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Granting defendants' motion to dismiss) 11/20/1997 (1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 19034) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0298-0002.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion (Vacating the district court's ruling and remanding the case) 08/31/1998 (153 F.3d 516)
EE-IL-0298-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | External Link | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 07/13/2000 (2000 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11908) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0298-0003.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Bauer, William Joseph (Seventh Circuit, N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0298-0001
Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0298-0001
Kocoras, Charles Petros (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0298-0003 | EE-IL-0298-9000
Williams, Ann Claire (Seventh Circuit, N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0298-0002 | EE-IL-0298-9000
Wood, Harlington Jr. (Seventh Circuit, S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0298-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bennett, Philip Wilbur (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0298-9000
Grimes, Douglas M. (Indiana)
EE-IL-0298-9000 | EE-IL-0298-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Canna, Thomas J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0298-9000 | EE-IL-0298-9001
Canna, John F. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0298-9000 | EE-IL-0298-9001
Hinkle, Dawn Marie (Illinois)
EE-IL-0298-9000 | EE-IL-0298-9001
Selbka, Joseph P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0298-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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