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Case Name Radmanovich v. Combined Ins. Co. EE-IL-0325
Docket / Court 01-cv-09502 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On December 13, 2001, one current and nine former female agents and supervisors of defendant filed a lawsuit against defendant under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago Branch. The plaintiffs, represented by private ... read more >
On December 13, 2001, one current and nine former female agents and supervisors of defendant filed a lawsuit against defendant under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago Branch. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for monetary and injunctive relief, alleging that they had been discriminated by defendant in, inter alia, promotions, training, compensensation, hours, transfers and job assignments based on sex. The Complaint further alleged a pattern or practice of gender-based harassment at defendant as well as a hostile work environment.

The case was assigned to Judge James H. Alesia. On February 5, 2002, Judge Alesia concluded that joinder of the plaintiffs was improper under Fed. R. Civ. P. 20 and dismissed plaintiffs' complaint without prejudice.

On February 26,counsel for plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint, naming Ms. Radmanovich as the sole class representative. In addition, plaintiffs' counsel filed nine additional cases on behalf of the other plaintiffs who were originally named in the action.

Eight of the nine additional suits were brought as individual actions, while one of them, the Palmer action (EE-IL-0284) was filed as another putative class action.

On May 1, 2003, the plaintiff filed a motion for class certification. However, on June 26, 2003, Judge Alesia denied the motion on the ground that the proposed class would be "totally unmanageable."

In November, 2003, the parties agreed to mediation in an effort to settle all of the pending cases. On March 3, 2004, the mediator proposed that all of the foregoing cases be settled for a totla payment by defendant of $8.5 million. On March 12, 2004, the parties indicated that they would accept the mediator's proposal.

On January 12, 2005, the court (Judge James Zagel) approved the parties' settlement.

Kunyi Zhang - 11/24/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Promotion
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Combined Insurance Company of America
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are former female employees of defendant.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0284 : Palmer v. Combined Ins. Co. of Am. (N.D. Ill.)
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)
01-09502 (N.D. Ill.) 02/15/2007
EE-IL-0325-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/13/2001
EE-IL-0325-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Reassign Related Case 09/04/2003
EE-IL-0325-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Approving Settlement 01/12/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0325-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Corrected Stipulation of Settlement and Consent Decree 01/12/2005
EE-IL-0325-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Zagel, James Block (N.D. Ill., FISC)
EE-IL-0325-0003 | EE-IL-0325-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beck-Fries, Bonnie Lou (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Benassi, Patricia Clarke (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-0001 | EE-IL-0325-0002 | EE-IL-0325-0004 | EE-IL-0325-9000
Burger, Joan Harlow (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-0001 | EE-IL-0325-0002 | EE-IL-0325-9000
Glink, Shona B. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Meites, Thomas R. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-0001 | EE-IL-0325-0002 | EE-IL-0325-0004 | EE-IL-0325-9000
Mollica, Paul William (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Novak, Sharon K. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Papachronis, Athena Marie (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Raimond, Josie (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-0001 | EE-IL-0325-0002 | EE-IL-0325-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bradford, Tracy Lee (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Casey, Bernard John (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Gibbs, Patrick E. (California)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Lynch, John P. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Mazura, Adrianne Clarise (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Mester, Mark S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-0002 | EE-IL-0325-0004 | EE-IL-0325-9000
Murphy, Kevin Mark (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Rawlinson, Matthew (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Slocum, Robert Bruce (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Stevens, Douglas Robert (Illinois)
EE-IL-0325-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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