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Case Name EEOC v. Walsh Construction Company EE-IL-0255
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-03601 ( 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 May 28, 2003, the EEOC filed a complaint on behalf of charging party, a female employee, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 committed ... read more >
On May 28, 2003, the EEOC filed a complaint on behalf of charging party, a female employee, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 committed by defendant Walsh Construction Company of Illinois. Specifically, plaintiff claimed the company by subjecting the charging party to a hostile work environment as the result of sexual harassment and failed to take prompt action to eliminate this behavior after having notice.

In an amended complaint, the EEOC added a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

On August 30, 2006, the Court (Judge James B. Zagel) granted summary judgment in favor of defendant on the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim but denied summary judgment on the sexual harassment claim.

On September 5, 2007, the case was transferred and reassigned to Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys for the duration.

On November 19, 2007, Magistrate Keys approved a Consent Decree with an 18 month duration which and provided injunctive relief against harassment, and required distribution and posting of new company policies regarding harassment. Defendant also agreed to a non-retaliation provision and a new system of employee training, record keeping and reporting in regards to harassment issues. The charging party received $130,000.

David Miller - 08/24/2010


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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
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Walsh Construction Company
Plaintiff Description Female employee subjected to a hostile and abusive work environment due to her sex in violation of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
1:03−cv−03601 (N.D. Ill.) 11/19/2007
EE-IL-0255-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/28/2003
EE-IL-0255-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 08/26/2003
EE-IL-0255-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 08/30/2006 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0255-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Transfer of Case to the Executive Committee for a Reassignment to Magistrate Judge 09/05/2007 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0255-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 11/19/2007 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0255-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Keys, Arlander (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0255-0004 | EE-IL-0255-0004 | EE-IL-0255-0004 | EE-IL-0255-0005
Zagel, James Block (FISC, N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0255-0003 | EE-IL-0255-0004
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers DeBofsky, Mark D. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-0002 | EE-IL-0255-0005 | EE-IL-0255-9000
Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-0001 | EE-IL-0255-0005 | EE-IL-0255-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-0001 | EE-IL-0255-0005
Jackson, Stephen Alan (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-9000
Waldron, Gordon G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-0001 | EE-IL-0255-0005 | EE-IL-0255-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Delaney, Aimee Elizabeth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-0005 | EE-IL-0255-9000
Dunigan, E. Bryan III (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-0005 | EE-IL-0255-9000
Luetkemeyer, Tom H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0255-0005 | EE-IL-0255-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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