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Case Name EEOC v. BICE OF CHICAGO INC et al EE-IL-0028
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-02708 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Chicago District Office sued Bice of Chicago, Inc., d/b/a The Bice Group, Italian RG Inc., on April 15, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Bice violated Title VII when it discriminated against a group of employees ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago District Office sued Bice of Chicago, Inc., d/b/a The Bice Group, Italian RG Inc., on April 15, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Bice violated Title VII when it discriminated against a group of employees based on race (Hispanic/non-Italian) and sex (male) by providing disparate conditions of employment, a sexually harassing atmosphere, and constructively or actually discharged numerous employees in retaliation for their complaints. The case proceedings included a few discovery disputes, filed in June and July of 2005, and nearly a dozen status hearings and settlement conferences over the course of the case, nearly all of which were presided over by Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason. The parties entered into a consent decree on April 18, 2006 which stipulated that Bice would pay $210,000 in damages to the complainants; develop, post and distribute a revised anti-discrimination/harassment policy; provide annual Title VII compliance training for its employees; provide semiannual reports to the EEOC concerning Title VII violation complaints; and allow EEOC inspectors access to its files and employees to ensure compliance with the consent decree.

Aaron Weismann - 06/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
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
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Bice of Chicago, 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 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-02708 (N.D. Ill.) 04/18/2006
EE-IL-0028-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/16/2004
EE-IL-0028-0001 PDF | Detail
Statement 07/18/2005 (229 F.R.D. 581) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0028-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Consent Decree 04/18/2006
EE-IL-0028-0004 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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