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Case Name EEOC v. SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO EE-IL-0204
Docket / Court 3:03-cv-50344 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Chicago district office sued The Sherwin-Williams Company, a national paint producer and distributor, on September 3, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Sherwin-Williams violated Title VII when it discriminated ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago district office sued The Sherwin-Williams Company, a national paint producer and distributor, on September 3, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Sherwin-Williams violated Title VII when it discriminated against some of its employees based on sex (female) by providing a hostile work environment. The parties entered into a consent decree on September 10, 2003 which stipulated that the defendant would pay the aggrieved employee $35,000 in damages, post notice of compliance with Title VII, provide EEO training for its managerial staff in the Sterling store, and report semiannually to the EEOC concerning sex discrimination claims.

Aaron Weismann - 06/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) The Sherwin-Williams Company
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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
3:03-cv-50344 (N.D. Ill.) 09/10/2003
EE-IL-0204-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/03/2003
EE-IL-0204-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/10/2003
EE-IL-0204-0002 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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