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Case Name EEOC v. CONTINENTAL AIRLINES EE-IL-0057
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-03055 ( 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 April 2004, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Continental Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of race and sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, ... read more >
In April 2004, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Continental Airlines, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of race and sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a Black female employee, to a hostile work environment and demoted her because of her race and sex. After several status and settlement conferences and some discovery disputes, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in August 2005 which was granted in part and denied in part in January 2006. After a couple more settlement and status conferences, the parties settled in late December 2006 through a consent decree.

The eighteen-month decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: post a notice of the decree, keep records of all complaints of gender discrimination, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, provide Title VII training for all its employees, and pay $40,000.

Michele Marxkors - 07/30/2007


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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
Demotion
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Continental Airlines, 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 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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-03055 (N.D. Ill.) 12/27/2006
EE-IL-0057-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
[Complaint] 04/29/2004
EE-IL-0057-0002 PDF | Detail
Minute Entry [Order granting motion to compel, protective order, and motion to quash] 04/25/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0057-0003 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 10/11/2005 (395 F.Supp.2d 738) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0057-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Order and Opinion 01/03/2006 (2006 WL 14510 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 123) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0057-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Consent Decree 12/21/2006
EE-IL-0057-0005 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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