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Case Name EEOC v. AMERICAN BOTTLING CO EE-IL-0010
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-06365 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Chicago district office sued American Bottling Company, a soft-drink producer and distributor, on July 20, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that ABC violated Title VII when it discriminated based on race (African ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago district office sued American Bottling Company, a soft-drink producer and distributor, on July 20, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that ABC violated Title VII when it discriminated based on race (African American) by creating a racially hostile work environment. The parties entered into a two-year consent decree on December 1, 2004, which required the defendant to pay $80,000 in damages; conduct Title VII training for all employees; create an anti-discrimination policy; post notice of Title VII rights; and send annual reports to the EEOC regarding compliance.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) American Bottling Company
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 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)
1:03-cv-06365 (N.D. Ill.) 12/01/2004
EE-IL-0010-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/10/2003
EE-IL-0010-0001 PDF | Detail
Minute Order [Granting Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 06/30/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0010-0003 PDF | Detail
Minute Order [Granting Plaintiff's Second Motion to Compel] 07/28/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0010-0004 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 12/02/2004
EE-IL-0010-0002 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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