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Case Name EEOC v. SMURFIT STONE CONTAINER CORP EE-IL-0208
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-05996 ( 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 2004, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Jefferson Smurfit Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging that the defendant discriminated on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ... read more >
In September 2004, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Jefferson Smurfit Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging that the defendant discriminated on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting the charging parties, four African American employees, to racial harassment. The charging parties intervened in the suit in November 2004. After some scheduling orders and a couple of settlement conferences, the parties settled through a consent decree in February 2005.

The two-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: post a Title VII notice, keep records of all complaints of racial harassment, report semi-annually to the EEOC, distribute its anti-harassment policy and investigation procedure to employees, provide annual Title VII training for all its employees, and pay $120,000 to be distributed among the charging parties.

Michele Marxkors - 06/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
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 2005 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
1:04-cv-05996 (N.D. Ill.) 02/07/2005
EE-IL-0208-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/15/2004
EE-IL-0208-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint 11/04/2004
EE-IL-0208-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/07/2005
EE-IL-0208-0003.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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