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Case Name EEOC v. WATLOW BATAVIA, INC. EE-IL-0251
Docket / Court 99C-1435 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 1999, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Watlow Batavia, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Althought he complaint is unavailable, the consent decree states that a class of intervenors alleged that the defendant ... read more >
In March 1999, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Watlow Batavia, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Althought he complaint is unavailable, the consent decree states that a class of intervenors alleged that the defendant unlawfully discriminated against them when it imposed unequal treatment agaisnt Hispanics by imposing an "English-only" policy, then retaliated against them when they complained. After seven individuals intervened in the case and six statuts conferences were held, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in September 2000.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of national origin, not implement any more "English-only" rules, pay the aggrieved partys $192,000 in damages, pay $100,000 in attorney's fees, provide EEO training, post EEO notices, and submit semiannual complaince reports. The terms of the agreement ran for two years.

Jason Chester - 06/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Watlow Batavia, 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 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)
1:99-cv-01435 (N.D. Ill.) 09/01/2000
EE-IL-0251-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Judgment 09/01/2000 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0251-0001 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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