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Case Name EEOC v. Nielsen & Bainbridge, LLC EE-IL-0170
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-07508 ( 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
This case was brought by the EEOC's Chicago office in September 2001, in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC alleged that Nielsen & Bainbridge violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by subjecting a class of black and female employees to sexual and racial harassment.
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This case was brought by the EEOC's Chicago office in September 2001, in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC alleged that Nielsen & Bainbridge violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by subjecting a class of black and female employees to sexual and racial harassment.

In June of 2002, the case was consolidated with a separate action brought by one of the employees (case #1:01-cv-07388). In December 2002 the parties came to terms, and a consent decree was entered resolving both cases. The defendant agreed to pay $155,000 total, including approximately $73,000 to the charging party. The consent decree also prohibited the defendant from engaging in further discrimination or retaliation and mandated employee training in anti-discrimination law.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/19/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Nielsen & Bainbridge, LLC.
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 Yes
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0306 : Williams, et al v. Nielsen & Bainbridge (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)
1:01-cv-07508 (N.D. Ill.) 10/06/2005
EE-IL-0170-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2001
EE-IL-0170-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 12/17/2002
EE-IL-0170-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 12/31/2002
EE-IL-0170-0003.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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