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Case Name Bolden v. Walsh Group EE-IL-0324
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-04104 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On July 28th, 2006 twelve black former employees of or applicants to the Walsh Group filed a class action complaint against the company in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged a variety of discriminatory practices against black employees and applicants. ... read more >
On July 28th, 2006 twelve black former employees of or applicants to the Walsh Group filed a class action complaint against the company in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged a variety of discriminatory practices against black employees and applicants. These included systematically laying off black employees while retaining non-black employees, refusing to hire black applicants, giving less desirable and more dangerous assignments to black employees, and fostering a hostile work environment.

The plaintiffs are seeking a declaratory judgment, monetary damages for back pay, fees and costs, injunctive relief requiring the Walsh Group to cease its illegal practices, and orders requiring the Walsh Group to institute a selection procedure to prevent future discrimination and place the individual plaintiffs in the positions they had sought.

As of June 25th, 2010 class certification is pending and the parties continue protracted discovery.

Michael Perry - 06/25/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Walsh Group
Plaintiff Description Twelve black former employees of or applicants to the Walsh Group
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
1:06-cv-04104 (N.D. Ill.) 05/13/2010
EE-IL-0324-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 07/28/2006
EE-IL-0324-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lefkow, Joan Humphrey (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0324-9000
Valdez, Maria G. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0324-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chavez, Kathleen Currie (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-0001 | EE-IL-0324-9000
Childs, Robert F. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-IL-0324-0001 | EE-IL-0324-9000
Currie, Peter Lawrence (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-9000
Foote, Robert M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-9000
Gill, Adam L. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-9000
Goldfarb, Jon Craig (Alabama)
EE-IL-0324-0001 | EE-IL-0324-9000
Ireland, John Craig (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-9000
Johnson, Jason M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-0001 | EE-IL-0324-9000
Johnson, Herman N. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-IL-0324-0001 | EE-IL-0324-9000
Maduff, Aaron Benjamin (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-0001 | EE-IL-0324-9000
Weiner, Maury S. (Alabama)
EE-IL-0324-0001 | EE-IL-0324-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Delaney, Aimee Elizabeth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-9000
Gilbert, Scott M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-9000
Luetkemeyer, Tom H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0324-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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