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Case Name Holley v. Pansophic Systems Inc. EE-IL-0323
Docket / Court 90-7505 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On December 28, 1990 six former female employees filed suit against Pansophic Systems Inc. in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Two other former female employees subsequently joined the suit. They alleged a range of gender discrimination complaints including that they were ... read more >
On December 28, 1990 six former female employees filed suit against Pansophic Systems Inc. in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Two other former female employees subsequently joined the suit. They alleged a range of gender discrimination complaints including that they were paid lower salaries than male employees and endured harassment and retaliation. They claimed that when Pansophic conducted layoffs female employees who were more qualified than male employees were targeted. They also claimed that Pansophic had breached contracts with them and violated state laws through negligent behavior on the part of certain employees.

The district court (Judge Ann Williams) denied Pansophic's motion to dismiss the claims related to breach of contract and other state laws on June 12, 1992. The parties thereafter engaged in extended discovery. On January 17, 1997 the district court granted Pansophic's motion for summary judgment on those claims. While preparing for trial on the remaining claims the parties engaged in settlement negotiations and entered a settlement with the court on March 26, 1998. The details of the settlement are not known.

Michael Perry - 06/29/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Computer Associates International Inc.
Pansophic Systems Inc.
Plaintiff Description Eight former female employees of Pansophic Systems Inc.
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 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)
1:90−cv−07505 (N.D. Ill.) 05/08/1998
EE-IL-0323-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Denying defendant's motion to dismiss three counts) 06/12/1992 (1992 WL 137124 / 1992 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 8259) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0323-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Magistrate Judge granting plaintiff's motion to compel) 10/01/1993 (1993 WL 394764 / 1993 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13910) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0323-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Upholding Magistrate Judge's order to compel discovery) 10/26/1993 (1993 WL 436390 / 1993 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15105) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0323-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Granting defendant's motion for summary judgment on three counts) 01/17/1997 (1997 WL 24708 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 629) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0323-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Gottschall, Joan B. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0323-0002
Williams, Ann Claire (N.D. Ill., Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0323-0001 | EE-IL-0323-0003 | EE-IL-0323-0004 | EE-IL-0323-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Friedman, Linda (Illinois)
EE-IL-0323-9000
Stowell, Mary (Illinois)
EE-IL-0323-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Feis, Brenda H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0323-9000
Poor, James Stephen (Illinois)
EE-IL-0323-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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