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Case Name EEOC v. Colonial Ice Cream, Inc. EE-IL-0065
Docket / Court 02 C 50269 ( 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 Office of the EEOC filed this action in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Defendant was Colonial Ice Cream, Inc., a restaurant and ice cream chain. The controversy involved the alleged sexual harassment of twelve female employees and constructive discharge ... read more >
The Chicago Office of the EEOC filed this action in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Defendant was Colonial Ice Cream, Inc., a restaurant and ice cream chain. The controversy involved the alleged sexual harassment of twelve female employees and constructive discharge of one at the defendant's Crystal Lake, IL location. The lawsuit was filed in July 2002 and was resolved by consent decree in October 2003. The parties stipulated to three different protective orders during the litigation. The complainant that alleged constructive discharge, who intervened in the case, was awarded $147,500. The other eleven women were awarded a total of $220,500 with individual awards ranging from $29,500 - $2,000. In addition, the company had to post a notice, distribute it, provide a training session annually which was mandatory for supervisory personnel and optional for other employees, and distribute a new procedure for investigation of sexual harassment complaints. The decree was to last for two years.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
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
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) Colonial Ice Cream, 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 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)
3:02-cv-50269 (N.D. Ill.) 10/01/2003
EE-IL-0065-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/10/2002
EE-IL-0065-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 10/01/2003
EE-IL-0065-0003.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - October 2003 01/26/2004
EE-IL-0065-0001.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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