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Case Name EEOC v. Kentucky Fried Chicken EE-IL-0142
Docket / Court P-02-50 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On August 9, 2002, an individual brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Kentucky Fried Chicken of America ("KFC") alleging unlawful discrimination in violation of Title I of the American Disabilities Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 12101.

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On August 9, 2002, an individual brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Kentucky Fried Chicken of America ("KFC") alleging unlawful discrimination in violation of Title I of the American Disabilities Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 12101.

Plaintiff was hired by KFC through the Illinois Mental Program. Plaintiff alleged he was subjected to a continuous course of threats, comments, insults, ridicule, and harassment, including mistreatment at work and phone calls and personal threats to him and his family while plaintiff was at home.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff notified the store's regional manager of the threats and misconduct but he local managers and employees continued to make threatening comments. On June 25, 2002, the plaintiff alleged he was forced to quit due to the harassing conditions at the restaurant and KFC's failure to correct the harassment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a Notice of Right to Sue on July 11, 2002. The plaintiff brought suit and sought a permanent injunction restraining KFC from engaging in unlawful discrimination based on disability.

On December 16 2002, Judge George W. Lindberg dismissed the action on plaintiff's voluntary motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(1), with prejudice.

Silke Watson - 12/05/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Disability
Mental impairment
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Kentucky Fried Chicken of America, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Mentally handicapped individual brought suit against restaurant franchise alleging harassment and causing an effective discharge, since plaintiff was forced to quit work due to the harassing work conditions.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
1:02-cv-05677 (N.D. Ill.) 08/09/2002
EE-IL-0142-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/09/2002
EE-IL-0142-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Dismissal] 12/16/2002 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0142-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lindberg, George Wakem (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0142-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Canela, Terrence F. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0142-9000
Kane, Lisa R. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0142-0001 | EE-IL-0142-9000
Leonard, Zacharias C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0142-9000
Vodak, Kevin (Illinois)
EE-IL-0142-9000
Wegner, Janice A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0142-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cowan, Rachel (Illinois)
EE-IL-0142-9000
Jachimiak, Tanya L. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0142-9000
Pelton, Eric J. (Michigan)
EE-IL-0142-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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