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Case Name Chapman v. DaimlerChrysler Corp. EE-IL-0318
Docket / Court 00-50250 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Case Summary
On July 12th, 2000 eight female employees filed suit in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois against DaimlerChrysler Corp. All of the plaintiffs worked at DaimlerChrysler's assembly plant in Belvedere, IL. They alleged a variety of claims that varied from ... read more >
On July 12th, 2000 eight female employees filed suit in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois against DaimlerChrysler Corp. All of the plaintiffs worked at DaimlerChrysler's assembly plant in Belvedere, IL. They alleged a variety of claims that varied from plaintiff to plaintiff including age, gender, and race discrimination, and violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The principle specific allegations concerned DaimlerChrysler's failure to promote and train fairly and to accommodate one plaintiff's diabetes.

Judge Philip G. Reinhard referred the case to Magistrate Judge P. Michael Mahoney who presided over discovery. As discovery progressed the configuration of the plaintiff group changed. Several plaintiffs dropped the private counsel they had jointly employed and appeared pro se. The court dismissed the complaints of several plaintiffs with prejudice for failure to prosecute when they failed to attend discovery hearings. On May 15th, 2001 four of the original plaintiffs filed an amended complaint setting out common allegations of age, race, and gender discrimination, and violations of the ADA.

On July 9th, 2001 DaimlerChrysler filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that plaintiffs were tardy in serving the original complaint. Plaintiffs' counsel had missed the deadline by a day. The district judge (Judge Reinhard) agreed that DaimlerChrysler was correct but exercised judicial discretion and extended the deadline, and denied the motion.

Discovery continued over the next year. Several more plaintiffs were dismissed, one with and one without prejudice. Eventually individual settlements were reached with each of the remaining plaintiffs. The exact terms of these settlements are not available. The case was completely dismissed on October 29th, 2002.

Michael Perry - 06/16/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) DaimlerChrysler Corp.
Plaintiff Description Female employees of DaimlerChrystler at the Belvedere Assembly Plant.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
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 2002
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)
3:00−cv−50250 (N.D. Ill.) 10/29/2002
EE-IL-0318-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint 05/15/2001
EE-IL-0318-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Denying defendant's motions to dismiss) 07/26/2001 (2001 WL 908952) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0318-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Mahoney, P. Michael (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0318-0001 | EE-IL-0318-9000 | EE-IL-0318-9000 | EE-IL-0318-9000
Reinhard, Philip Godfrey (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0318-0001 | EE-IL-0318-0002 | EE-IL-0318-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Crawley, Carolyn (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Garrett, Tina (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Hernandez, Rene (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Nunnery, Willie J. (Wisconsin)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Sharp, Robert (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-0001 | EE-IL-0318-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Balogh, Stephen E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Haggestad, Troy E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Holevas, John James (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Maher, Brendan A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0318-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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