The Chicago Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Integrity Financial Services in September 2006 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that Integrity intentionally discriminated against a black female employee on the basis of her race by terminating her employment because of her race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After many status conferences, the parties met with the District Court Judge in a settlement conference and the case was settled by entry of a consent decree in May 2007. In August 2007, the EEOC made a motion to reopen the case and a motion for order to show cause why Defendant should not be held in contempt of the consent decree. Both motions were stricken without prejudice.
The two-year consent decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses. It required Integrity to post notice of the decree, maintain and make available to EEOC records of complaints made about race discrimination, submit written reports to EEOC every six months, and conduct annual training sessions for all employees. The decree also included a dispute resolution clause requiring each party to notify the other party of alleged non-compliance and a chance to remedy. Integrity agreed to pay a total of $9,000, all of which was awarded to the charging party.Daisy Manning - 05/14/2008