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Case Name EEOC v. Bloomin' Apple EE-IL-0014
Docket / Court 04 C 50375 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September, the EEOC district office of Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against The Bloomin' Apple Rockford I, LLC, Bloomin' Apple Inc., and Heartland Apple Inc., doing business as Applebee's, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Five individual females ... read more >
In September, the EEOC district office of Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against The Bloomin' Apple Rockford I, LLC, Bloomin' Apple Inc., and Heartland Apple Inc., doing business as Applebee's, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Five individual females intervened in the case, alleging sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the women claimed that the defendants subjected women to a hostile working environment, subjected them to differing terms and conditions of employment than male coworkers, and retaliated against females by constructively discharging them.

After three years of litigation and two of the defendants obtaining grants of summary judgment, Bloomin' Apple Rockford I, LLC settled with the EEOC and plaintiff intervenors in May of 2007. A consent decree was entered requiring the defendant to pay a total of $300,000 and to implement training on sexual harassment and retaliation for all employees and for three individual owners of the company.

Jason Chester - 06/08/2007


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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
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Bloomin' Apple LLC
Heartland Apple Inc
The Bloomin' Apple Rockford I, LLC
The Bloomin' Apple Rockford I, LLC
The Bloomin' Apple Rockford, LLC
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 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)
04 C 50375 (N.D. Ill.) 05/29/2007
EE-IL-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/10/2004
EE-IL-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint 03/02/2005
EE-IL-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Agreed Protective Order 07/20/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0014-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 01/24/2006 (2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2708) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0014-0007.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Re: Denial of Motion to Compel] 02/10/2006 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0014-0005.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 05/22/2007
EE-IL-0014-0006.pdf | Detail
Judges Mahoney, P. Michael (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0014-0004 | EE-IL-0014-0007
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hamilton, Deborah Lois (Illinois)
EE-IL-0014-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Hernandez, Rene (Illinois)
EE-IL-0014-0004
Wilde, Thomas Michael (Illinois)
EE-IL-0014-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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