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Case Name EEOC v. Jewell Events Catering EE-IL-0134
Docket / Court 04-CV-7735 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In November 2004, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Wood Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Jewell Events Catering, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged violations of ... read more >
In November 2004, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Wood Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Jewell Events Catering, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, she claimed that after she was subjected to unlawful sexual harassment, she complained about it and was fired. After only cursory discovery, the parties settled and a consent decree was issued in June 2005.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from discriminating or retaliating on the basis of sex, post and distribute EEO notices, pay the aggrieved former employ $45,000, implement an anti-sexual harassment policy, provide its supervisors with EEO training, and submit annual compliance reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the decree ran for three years.

Joel Pettit - 06/21/2007


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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
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex 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) Wood Enterprises, Inc.
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 - 2008
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)
1:04-cv-07735 (N.D. Ill.) 06/02/2005
EE-IL-0134-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Nature of the Action 11/29/2004
EE-IL-0134-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/02/2005
EE-IL-0134-0002.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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