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Case Name EEOC v. Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. & Osi Collection Services, Inc. EE-IL-0173
Docket / Court 01 C 7037 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2001, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. and OSI Collection Services, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states the a female former employee intervened in the suit, ... read more >
In September 2001, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this action against Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. and OSI Collection Services, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states the a female former employee intervened in the suit, representing a class of three named individuals, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it retaliated against them for participating in Title VII litigation. Specifically, the class alleged that the defendant engaged in a pattern of abuse and intimidation that led to their constructive discharge. After the defense won numerous discovery motions and was partially successful on a motion for summary judgment, the intervenor attempted to remand her intentional infliction of emotional distress claim to state court; the court denied the motion. After ten status hearings in an eight-month period, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in November 2003. By this time, however, the defendant had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would grant the class a total of $150,000 in claims against its bankruptcy estate, post a notice of the consent decree in its Schaumburg facility, provide EEO training, submit semiannual complaint/compliance reports, and allow the EEOC to inspect its records, premises, and interview its employees. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for two years.

Jason Chester - 07/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
Defendant(s) OSI Collection Services, Inc.
Outsourcing Solutions, Inc.
Outsourcing Solutions, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
1:01-cv-07037 (N.D. Ill.) 11/20/2003
EE-IL-0173-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/14/2001
EE-IL-0173-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint of Plaintiff-Intervenor 10/25/2001
EE-IL-0173-0002.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion 10/23/2003 (2003 WL 22432979) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0173-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 11/20/2003
EE-IL-0173-0004.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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