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Case Name EEOC v. HOWARD PONTIAC INC EE-IL-0112
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-04006 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 2005, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against Howard Pontiac, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts when it terminated and issued negative ... read more >
In July 2005, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against Howard Pontiac, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts when it terminated and issued negative references for a male employee in retaliation for his complaints of being sexually harassed by a co-worker.

Before the defendant filed its formal answer to the complaint, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in October 2005. The defendant agreed to pay the aggrieved party $32,500, refrain from retaliating against employees who complained of retaliation, post an EEO notice, provide EEO training to its managers and HR personnel, and submit semiannual complaint/compliance reports to the EEOC.

Jason Chester - 07/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
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) Howard Pontiac, 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 - 2007
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)
1:05-cv-04006 (N.D. Ill.) 10/12/2005
EE-IL-0112-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/12/2005
EE-IL-0112-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/12/2005
EE-IL-0112-0002 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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