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Case Name EEOC v. NORWEGIAN AMERICAN HOSPITAL EE-IL-0171
Docket / Court 03 C 2360 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2003, the EEOC's Chicago District Office brought this suit against Norwegian American Hospital in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging ... read more >
In April 2003, the EEOC's Chicago District Office brought this suit against Norwegian American Hospital in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, to a hostile work environment because of her religion, Islam, by making offensive religious comments to her and subjecting her to different terms and conditions of employment. In addition, the defendant retaliated against the charging party for reporting the religious discrimination. The parties began negotiating a settlement in February 2004 and reached a final agreement in January 2005.

Under the terms of the eighteen-month decree, which contained both non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, the defendant agreed to: pay the charging party $40,000; post an EEOC-provided notice; maintain records of all religious discrimination complaints; provide semi-annual written reports to the EEOC; provide Title VII training to the Human Resource Director, Vice President of Patient Services, and all certified midwives; and distribute an anti-discrimination policy regarding religious discrimination to all employees.

Michele Marxkors - 06/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Norwegian American Hospital
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 2005 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
1:03-cv-02360 (N.D. Ill.) 01/24/2005
EE-IL-0171-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 04/07/2003 (2003 WL 23667815)
EE-IL-0171-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
EEOC Press Release 04/07/2003
EE-IL-0171-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/24/2005
EE-IL-0171-0002 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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