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Case Name EEOC v. HAMILTON COMMUNICATIONS EE-IL-0108
Docket / Court 03 C 6062 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2003, the Chicago Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Hamilton Communications Group in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In August 2003, the Chicago Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Hamilton Communications Group in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging parties, eleven female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment and retaliating against one charging party for opposing such practices, resulting in the constructive discharge at least one of the charging parties.

The one charging party intervened in the lawsuit in September 2003. Following some discovery an unsuccessful motion by the defendant to dismiss the case in October 2003, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree in February 2005. The two-year decree, containing a non-discrimination and non-retaliation clause, required the defendant to: report on complaints and make other compliance reporting, keep records of complaints, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, post notice of employee rights, provide EEO training to all management employees, and pay $140,000 to be distributed among 11 complaining parties.

David Friedman - 12/08/2007


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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
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Hamilton Communications Group
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)
1:03-cv-06062 (N.D. Ill.) 02/03/2005
EE-IL-0108-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/28/2003
EE-IL-0108-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint 10/03/2003
EE-IL-0108-0002.pdf | Detail
Minute Order [Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss] 09/20/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0108-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/03/2005
EE-IL-0108-0004.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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