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Case Name EEOC v. Staffing Network, L.L.C. EE-IL-0219
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-01591 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 2002, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against Staffing Network, LLC, a regional employment agency, in the U.S. District Court for the the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that at least two women alleged that the defendant constructively ... read more >
In March 2002, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against Staffing Network, LLC, a regional employment agency, in the U.S. District Court for the the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that at least two women alleged that the defendant constructively discharged them when it failed to remedy intolerable working conditions due to sexual harassment, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Further, the consent decree states that a total of seven women were given monetary relief in the case. After extensive discovery and a withdrawn defense motion for summary judgment, a consent decree was entered and the case was dismissed in September 2004.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the seven complainants a total of $400,000, refrain from retaliating or discriminating on the basis of sex, post an EEO notice, revise its current sexual harassment policy to meet EEOC specifications, post and distribute its sexual harassment policy, provide EEO training to all of its employees, and submit semiannual compliance reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the decree ran for three years.

Joel Pettit - 07/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
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
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) Staffing Network, LLC
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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:02-cv-01591 (N.D. Ill.) 09/22/2004
EE-IL-0219-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 03/05/2002
EE-IL-0219-0001.pdf | Detail
Minute Order [Granting Motion to Compel] 07/10/2002 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0219-0002.pdf | Detail
Minute Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Compel] 10/31/2002 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0219-0003.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 11/04/2002 (2002 WL 31473840) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0219-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 09/22/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0219-0004.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 11/19/2004
EE-IL-0219-0005.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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