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Case Name EEOC v. WAL-MART STORES, INC. EE-IL-0247
Docket / Court 3:99-cv-00106-DRH ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 1999, the St. Louis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The complaint is unavailable; however, it appears from the judgment in this case that the complaint alleged that the ... read more >
In February 1999, the St. Louis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The complaint is unavailable; however, it appears from the judgment in this case that the complaint alleged that the defendant terminated the charging party, a female employee, in retaliation for her complaints of sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Settlement conferences were held in November and December of 1999, but the case did not settle.

The case went to trial in March 2000. The jury found for the defendant, Wal-Mart, on the sexual harassment claim but found for the plaintiff on the retaliation claim. The plaintiff was awarded $2905.25 in costs, $7,000 for lost wages, and $100,000 in punitive damages. After trial, the plaintiff moved to modify the judgment to include injunctive relief, which was granted. Wal-Mart was also required to post notice of the case at the Glen Carbon, IL Wal-Mart store, put a memo detailing the results of the case in the charging party's personnel file, and to notify the St. Louis EEOC office of any employee discharges at its Glen Carbon store.

Kevin Wilemon - 09/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, 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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2000 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
3:99-cv-00106-DRH (S.D. Ill.) 03/23/2004
EE-IL-0247-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Re: Motions in Limine] 03/10/2000 (2000 WL 1162009 / 2000 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13342) (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0247-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 03/24/2000 (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0247-0001 PDF | Detail
[Opinion] 06/29/2000 (2000 WL 1162029 / 2000 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13458) (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0247-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Amended Judgment in a Civil Case 07/06/2000 (2000 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13456) (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0247-0004 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Herndon, David R. (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0247-0004
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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