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Case Name EEOC v. AMERICAN LOCK COMPANY EE-IL-0011
Docket / Court 99C-5931 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against the American Lock Company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Although the complaint is unavailable, the settlement agreement states that a Black male former employee alleged ... read more >
In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against the American Lock Company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Although the complaint is unavailable, the settlement agreement states that a Black male former employee alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it failed to promote him because of his race. Further, he alleged that the defendant retaliated against him for complaining about the discrimination, which resulted in his constructive discharge. After two status hearings and an agreed protective order, the parties settled and a settlement agreement was entered in April 2000.

In the settlement agreement, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of race, pay the aggrieved party $125,000, post an EEO notice, provide EEO training to all supervisors and managers, and submit semiannual compliance/complaint reports to the EEOC. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for one year.

Joel Pettit - 07/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) American Lock 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 Voluntary Dismissal
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)
1:99-cv-05931 (N.D. Ill.) 04/06/2000
EE-IL-0011-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 04/06/2000
EE-IL-0011-0001 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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