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Case Name EEOC v. UNITED AIRLINES EE-IL-0233
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-04594 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On June 27, 2002, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against United Airlines on behalf of a black female employee. The EEOC alleged that United Airlines had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ... read more >
On June 27, 2002, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against United Airlines on behalf of a black female employee. The EEOC alleged that United Airlines had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.) by subjecting the employee to sexual and racial harassment and retaliating against her for complaining about the discrimination. The EEOC sought its costs, monetary and injunctive relief for the employee, including policy reform, back pay, compensation for emotional harm, and punitive damages.

The Court (Judge Suzanne B. Conlon) granted the employee's motion to intervene in the case on July 23, 2002. The employee's complaint proceeded under Title VII and elaborated on the harassment and retaliation to which she had been subjected. The employee sought substantially the same relief as the EEOC but also specifically sought reinstatement.

The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Harry D. Leinenweber) entered as a consent decree on April 13, 2004. The 2-year decree provided for monetary relief ($225,000 and 200,000 frequent flyer miles) and contained various injunctive provisions. United Airlines agreed to provide employment references according to normal procedure (which did not mention negative details), to post an EEOC notice, to maintain records of complaints of racial and sexual harassment and their resolution, to make reports to the EEOC every six months, and to provide all supervisors and managers with annual Title VII training. The parties bore their own costs. The decree was subject to extra conditions related to United Airlines' bankruptcy case, but it appears that the bankruptcy did not affect the decree. No further court activity appears on the docket and the case is now closed.

Kenneth Gray - 07/29/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex 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. § 2000e
Defendant(s) United Airlines
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a black female employee
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 - 2006
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-04594 (N.D. Ill.) 04/13/2004
EE-IL-0233-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/27/2002
EE-IL-0233-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint 07/17/2002
EE-IL-0233-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 04/13/2004
EE-IL-0233-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Leinenweber, Harry Daniel (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0233-0003 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brennan, Noelle Christine (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0001 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Calhoun, June Wallace (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0001 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0001 | EE-IL-0233-0003 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Moore-Gibbs, Pamela Sue (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0003 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Smason, Diane I. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Beeler, Eugene W Jr. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0002 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Favaro, Dennis Ray (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0002 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Gorman, Patrick John (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0002 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Haber, Andrew H (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-0002 | EE-IL-0233-9000
Joffe, Beth Golub (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-9000
Kaplan, Joel H (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-9000
Pulcanio, Stephanie Joan (Illinois)
EE-IL-0233-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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