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Case Name EEOC v. BOB WATSON CHEVROLET, INC. EE-IL-0029
Docket / Court 04 C 5301 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2004, the Chicago Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Bob Waston Chevrolet in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged ... read more >
In August 2004, the Chicago Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Bob Waston Chevrolet in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the three complainants, female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment and retaliated against them following their opposition to these practices. Following some discovery and several settlement conferences, the parties settled the lawsuit in March 2006 through a consent decree.

The two year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report to the EEOC regarding complaints and make other reports, keep records and allow the EEOC access for monitoring, post notice of rights, provide EEOC training to managerial employees and owners, and pay $28,500 to be evenly divided among three individuals.

David Friedman - 11/28/2007


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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
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
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) Bob Watson Cheverolet
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 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:04-cv-05301 (N.D. Ill.) 03/30/2006
EE-IL-0029-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 08/13/2004
EE-IL-0029-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 04/18/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0029-0002.pdf | Detail
Protective Order 06/08/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0029-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/30/2006
EE-IL-0029-0004.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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