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Case Name EEOC v. FIFTH THIRD BANK EE-IL-0082
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-06364 ( 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
In September 2003, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Fifth Third Bank in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the ... read more >
In September 2003, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Fifth Third Bank in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant exposed complainants to a sexually hostile work environment, culminating in the constructive discharge of some parties. The complainant intervened in the case in October 2003 and withdrew it in May 2004. Following discovery, the parties settled the dispute in July 2004 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report to the EEOC regarding complaints about sexual harassment, keep records of defendant's implementation of the consent decree, permit access to the EEOC under certain circumstances, post notice of employee rights, provide EEO training to managers and supervisors, and pay $225,000 to be distributed among four individuals.

David Friedman - 11/02/2007


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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
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Fifth Third Bank
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-06364 (N.D. Ill.) 05/05/2006
EE-IL-0082-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
[Complaint] 09/10/2003
EE-IL-0082-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor's Complaint 11/07/2003
EE-IL-0082-0003 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Denying Motions for Partial Dismissal] 03/05/2004 (2004 WL 422673) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0082-0004 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 07/14/2004
EE-IL-0082-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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