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Case Name EEOC v. SPACELABS BURDICK, INC. EE-IL-0209
Docket / Court 00-C-5861 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Spacelabs Burdick, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged that the defendant unlawfully discriminated against her on ... read more >
In September 2000, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Spacelabs Burdick, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged that the defendant unlawfully discriminated against her on the basis of her sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, she alleged that the defendant paid her a lower commission rate than men, forced her to track her own accounts to figure out sales, was not allowed to go on a retreat that she qualified for, and terminated her employment because of her sex. Six days after the complaint was filed, the court entered a consent decree.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the female $170,000, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of sex, implement an anti-discrimination policy, post a notice of this suit and consent decree, and submit semiannual compliance reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for one year.

Joel Pettit - 07/05/2007


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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
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
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) Spacelabs Burdick, 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 2000 - 2001
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
1:00-cv-05861 (N.D. Ill.) 09/28/2000
EE-IL-0209-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/22/2000
EE-IL-0209-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/28/2000
EE-IL-0209-0002 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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