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Case Name EEOC v. Courtesy Corporation And Creative Packaging Corp. EE-IL-0066
Docket / Court 02 C 0327 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Chicago office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Courtesy Corp., a plastic molding company and its packaging affiliate (Creative Packaging Corp.) in January 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleges that the defendant ... read more >
The Chicago office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Courtesy Corp., a plastic molding company and its packaging affiliate (Creative Packaging Corp.) in January 2002, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleges that the defendant engaged in the practice of paying women less for doing substantially the same work as men. The complainant, a female employee intervened in the suit in April 2002, and the parties settled the case in October 2002, by entry of a consent decree.

According to the FY 2003 Office of the General Counsel Annual Report, the consent decree called for the defendant to pay the charging party $110,000 and included anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions. Information on the settlement is scarce because the consent decree is unavailable.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
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) Courtesy Corporation
Creative Packaging Corp.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
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 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)
1:02-cv-00327 (N.D. Ill.) 10/23/2002
EE-IL-0066-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 01/15/2002
EE-IL-0066-0001 PDF | Detail
Office of General Counsel Fiscal Year 2003 Annual Report Statement from the General Counsel 05/08/2007
EE-IL-0066-0004 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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