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Case Name EEOC v. ROADWAY EXPRESS EE-IL-0189
Docket / Court 06 C 4805 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September of 2006, the EEOC Chicago District Office brought suit in United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Roadway Express, Inc., a freight hauler. The suit alleged that the defendant subjected African-American employees to harassment and different terms and ... read more >
In September of 2006, the EEOC Chicago District Office brought suit in United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Roadway Express, Inc., a freight hauler. The suit alleged that the defendant subjected African-American employees to harassment and different terms and conditions of employment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Shortly thereafter, several of the employees intervened as plaintiffs bringing a class action suit. The defendant moved to dismiss the class claims in part. The motion was granted in part and denied in part; the intervenor-plaintiffs claims regarding job assignments were dismissed because the plaintiffs had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies. U.S. E.E.O.C. v. Roadway Exp., Inc., 2007 WL 2198363 (N.D.Ill. July 31, 2007).

On September 29, 2009, an amended complaint was filed. The amended complaint elaborated on the first complaint in-depth, listed all parties and all allegations.

On September 14, 2010, a preliminary order approving a consent decree was filed. On June 27, 2012, the consent decree was amended. The settlement enjoined Defendant from discriminating on the basis of race or retaliating against any employee who complained about race discrimination. It also awarded the class $10,000,000.

On December 16, 2015, the court found that Defendant had complied with the consent decree and the case was closed.

Jason Chester - 05/23/2008
Katherine Reineck - 02/07/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
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. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Roadway Express, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2010 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2015
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0329 : Brown v. Yellow Transportation, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0330 : EEOC v. Yellow Transportation, Inc. and YRC, INC. (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)
1:06-cv-04805 (N.D. Ill.) 12/31/2015
EE-IL-0189-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/06/2006
EE-IL-0189-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Class Action Complaint in Intervention for Injunctive Relied and Punitive Damages 04/10/2007
EE-IL-0189-0003 PDF | Detail
Complaint in Intervention for Injunctive Relief and Damages 12/04/2007
EE-IL-0189-0002 PDF | Detail
Amended Complaint 09/29/2009
EE-IL-0189-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Preliminary Approval Order 09/14/2010 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0189-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Consent Decree 09/14/2010
EE-IL-0189-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cox, Susan (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0189-0005 | EE-IL-0189-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Geraghty, Miriam N. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0189-0004
Kinoy, Joanne (Illinois)
EE-IL-0189-0004
Taren, Jeffrey L. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0189-0004
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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