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Case Name EEOC v. Golf Galaxy, Inc. EE-IL-0104
Docket / Court 01 C 7397 ( 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 2001, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Golf Galaxy, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In September 2001, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Golf Galaxy, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the complainant to a sexually hostile work environment, and retaliated against the complainant following her opposition to these practices. Following discovery and a failed motion by the defendant for summary judgment in October 2002, the parties settled the lawsuit in December 2002 through a consent decree.

The two year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report complaints and make other compliance reports, keep records, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, develop anti-discrimination policies, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, implement a complaint/dispute resolution process, and pay $80,000 to be distributed to the complainant.

David Friedman - 01/31/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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) Golf Galaxy, 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 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:01-cv-07397 (N.D. Ill.) 08/18/2005
EE-IL-0104-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/24/2001
EE-IL-0104-0001 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - December 2002 12/01/2002
EE-IL-0104-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 12/23/2002
EE-IL-0104-0002 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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