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Case Name EEOC v. CATERPILLAR INC EE-IL-0039
Docket / Court 03 C 5636 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Caterpillar, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in August 2003. The complaint alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963. The defendant allegedly has a ... read more >
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Caterpillar, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in August 2003. The complaint alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963. The defendant allegedly has a pattern or practice of subjecting female employees to sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining. The defendant made two motions for summary judgment, both of which were denied in part and granted in part. Caterpillar moved for interlocutory appeal on the second summary judgment motion, and the district court's decision was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Caterpillar also moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, which was dismissed. A bench trial was held in March and April 2008. The trial ended on 4/7/2008. The case is ongoing in the district court as of 4/22/2008 and post-trial memoranda were due by 4/28/2008.

Justin Kanter - 05/28/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Caterpillar, Inc.
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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
05-8006 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 05/27/2005
EE-IL-0039-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
1:03-cv-05636 (N.D. Ill.) 04/07/2008
EE-IL-0039-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/12/2003
EE-IL-0039-0001.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release 08/13/2003
EE-IL-0039-0003.pdf | Detail
Opinion of the USCA 06/01/2005 (409 F.3d 831)
EE-IL-0039-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion 09/22/2006 (336 F.Supp.2d 858) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0039-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Pallmeyer, Rebecca R. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0039-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brennan, Noelle Christine (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Dreilinger, Lauren G (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Elkin, Laurie S (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Henry, Ann M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Smason, Diane I. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bromet, Rebecca Pratt (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
DeGroff, Christopher James (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Duprey, Anne Elizabeth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Gabriel, Jonah G (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Jeter, Sheldon Leigh (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
McGuire, Michael Andrew (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Torres, Jason M (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Turner, Joseph S (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Warner, Michael A (Illinois)
EE-IL-0039-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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