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Case Name Bielicki v. City of Chicago EE-IL-0316
Docket / Court 97-1471 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On March 4, 1997 a policewoman filed suit against the City of Chicago for its failure to pay her medical bills relating to infertility treatments and additional medical expenses relating to her pregnancy. The complaint alleged that Chicago had violated the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ... read more >
On March 4, 1997 a policewoman filed suit against the City of Chicago for its failure to pay her medical bills relating to infertility treatments and additional medical expenses relating to her pregnancy. The complaint alleged that Chicago had violated the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and had also breached its health insurance contract.

On May 8th, 2007 the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (Judge Suzanne B. Conlon), denied the city's motion to dismiss, holding that the ADA prohibits an employer from discriminating against anyone with a disability and defines a disability as a physical impairment that limits one or more major life functions. The district court ruled that infertility qualified as a disability under the ADA.

While the plaintiff's motion to certify a class of similarly situated persons was pending, the parties engaged in settlement negotiations. A class-wide settlement was reached, though the class was not formally certified, and filed with the court on November 4, 1997. Under the settlement the City agreed to pay for future infertility treatments and partially cover such claims made by employees in the previous ten years. The case was closed on March 10, 1998 when the court approved a final settlement awarding plaintiff $110,000 for attorney's fees and $2000 for costs.

Michael Perry - 06/08/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Plaintiff Description Female police officers employed by the City of Chicago.
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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
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)
1:97-cv-01471 (N.D. Ill.) 03/10/1998
EE-IL-0316-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order(Denying defendant's motions to dismiss) 05/08/1997 (1997 WL 260595 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 6880) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0316-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Conlon, Suzanne B. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0316-0001 | EE-IL-0316-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Angelucci, Margaret Ann (Illinois)
EE-IL-0316-9000
Collins, Patricia Anne (Illinois)
EE-IL-0316-9000
Feinberg, Stephen Jay (Illinois)
EE-IL-0316-9000
Gittler, Marvin (Illinois)
EE-IL-0316-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Sher, Susan S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0316-9000
Smith, Barbara (Illinois)
EE-IL-0316-9000
Thomson, George Ronald (Illinois)
EE-IL-0316-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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