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Case Name EEOC v. Foster Wheeler Constructors and Pipefitters Association Local Union 597 EE-IL-0089
Docket / Court 98 C 1601 ( 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 March 1998, the EEOC brought this suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Foster Wheeler Constructors, Inc. and Local Union 597 Pipefitters Association. The EEOC alleged that construction workers were subjected to racial and sexual harassment in violation of ... read more >
In March 1998, the EEOC brought this suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Foster Wheeler Constructors, Inc. and Local Union 597 Pipefitters Association. The EEOC alleged that construction workers were subjected to racial and sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

One charging party filed his own suit, 1:98-cv-03217, in addition to intervening in the EEOC's case. After an extended discovery period, Foster Wheeler settled, agreeing to pay over $1.325 million and implement EEO training for its employees. The union pressed on with its case. In March 2002, the plaintiffs prevailed in a bench trial. However, the union appealed, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the harassment was out of the union's control.

Jason Chester - 08/07/2008


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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
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
EEOC intervened in private suit
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Foster Wheeler Constructors, Inc.
Local Union 597 Pipefitters Association
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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0304 : Ferguson v. Pipefitters Assn (N.D. Ill.)
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)
1:98-cv-01601 (N.D. Ill.) 09/20/2004
EE-IL-0089-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order [RE: Motion to Dismiss] 12/02/1998 (1998 WL 850810 / 1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 19114) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Re: Summary Judgment] 07/06/1999 (1999 WL 507191 / 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10610) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0008 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Re: Summary Judgment] 07/06/1999 (1999 WL 507397 / 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10565) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0009 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Re: Summary Judgment] 07/12/1999 (1999 WL 528192 / 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22956) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0010 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Re: Summary Judgment] 07/12/1999 (1999 WL 528196 / 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22955) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0011 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Re: Motion to Limit Claims] 07/13/1999 (1999 WL 528200 / 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11226) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0012 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Re: Summary Judgment] 07/14/1999 (1999 WL 515524) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0013 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
$1.3 Million Settlement in EEOC Racial and Sexual Harassment Suit Against Foster Wheeler Constructors 01/06/2000
EE-IL-0089-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/12/2000 (2000 WL 51807)
EE-IL-0089-0014 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Findings of Fact [Re: Judgment] 03/28/2002
EE-IL-0089-0004 PDF | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 03/29/2002
EE-IL-0089-0005 PDF | Detail
FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 06/16/2003
EE-IL-0089-0002 PDF | Detail
[Opinion] 09/09/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0089-0001 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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