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Case Name EEOC v. LENNOX INDUSTRIES INC et al EE-MN-0041
Docket / Court 0:97-cv-01540-JMR-FLN ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 1997, the EEOC district office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin brought this suit against Lennox Industries, Inc. and Lennox International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The complaint is currently unavailable. The parties settled in May 1998. A consent decree was ... read more >
In June 1997, the EEOC district office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin brought this suit against Lennox Industries, Inc. and Lennox International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The complaint is currently unavailable. The parties settled in May 1998. A consent decree was entered in which the defendants had to pay a total of $6.2 million dollars, post anti-discrimination notices, provide all managers and supervisors who deal with employment decisions training on the ADEA, create an internal review process to review the resignation, retirement, demotion, termination, or other reason of departure of any district sales manager to make sure age wasn't a factor, and audit all personnel records, evaluation forms, human resources planning documents, and other employment documents to ensure that age related information wasn't improperly used in employment decisions.

Jennifer Solomon - 06/09/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Lennox Industries, Inc.
Lennox Industries, Inc.
Lennox International, 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 1998 - 2001
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
0:97-cv-01540-JMR-FLN (D. Minn.) 08/25/1999
EE-MN-0041-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 05/05/1998
EE-MN-0041-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Judges Rosenbaum, James Michael (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Black, Richard W. (District of Columbia)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Brandt, Craig A. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Snyder, Stephen J. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Tyndall, Brian C. (Wisconsin)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Zimmerman, Lloyd B. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Manthey, Ronald E. (Texas)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Mayeron, Janie S. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0041-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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