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Case Name EEOC v. P Z RESTAURANT EE-IL-0174
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-50251 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Chicago district office sued PZ Restaurants, Inc. on June 4, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) by creating a hostile work environment; ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago district office sued PZ Restaurants, Inc. on June 4, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) by creating a hostile work environment; discharging numerous employees, including the complainant, in retaliation for their complaints; and providing the complainant with conditions of employment after rehiring her which resulted in her constructive discharge . The parties entered into a consent decree on October 27, 2004, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the complainant $10,000 in damages, costs and fees; post a notice of compliance with Title VII; provide Title VII training to its employees; maintain and distribute a non-discrimination policy; maintain records of sex discrimination complaints; allow the EEOC to enter to review these records and interview employees; and report complaints of sex discrimination to the EEOC semiannually.

Aaron Weismann - 07/11/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) PZ Restaurants, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
3:04-cv-50251 (N.D. Ill.) 10/27/2004
EE-IL-0174-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 06/01/2007
EE-IL-0174-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/01/2007
EE-IL-0174-0002 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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