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Case Name EEOC v. URBAN RETAIL PROPERTIES CO EE-IL-0243
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-06855 ( 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
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, against Urban Retail Properties Company. The complaint, filed in September 2002, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; ... read more >
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, against Urban Retail Properties Company. The complaint, filed in September 2002, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that Defendant had subjected the charging parties to a sexually hostile work environment.

The parties entered a consent decree in April 2003. The decree, valid for two years, required Defendant to pay the five charging parties a total of $250,000 (the individual amounts were not disclosed in the decree). Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII and required to post a notice of non-discrimination, keep records of any internal complaints of sex discrimination, and report regularly to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree.

Elizabeth Glassman - 07/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Urban Retail Propertites Company
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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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-06855 (N.D. Ill.) 04/04/2003
EE-IL-0243-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/26/2002
EE-IL-0243-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint-In-Intervention 11/01/2002
EE-IL-0243-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 04/07/2003
EE-IL-0243-0003 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (April 2003) 12/31/2003
EE-IL-0243-0004 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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