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Case Name EEOC v. JERSEY COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT et al EE-IL-0126
Docket / Court 99-518-GPM ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Case Summary
On June 10, 2002, a group of employees (past, present & applicant) of International Truck and Engine Corporation ("ITEC") filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, against ITEC in the United States District Court of the ... read more >
On June 10, 2002, a group of employees (past, present & applicant) of International Truck and Engine Corporation ("ITEC") filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, against ITEC in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Indiana.

The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, charging the Company with discriminating against African-American employees. The complaint alleged that the plaintiff class of African-American employees suffered racial harassment, discrimination in training, discipline, and job assignments and a hostile work environment.

On February 28, 2003, the plaintiffs filed motion for class certification. According to the consent decree, after an interlocutory appeal on class certification issues, on July 28, 2004, the court (Judge Richard L. Young) certified the hostile work environment class, consisting of all African-American employees of ITEC who, at any time since October 18, 1997 had been employed at ITEC's Indianapolis Plant.

On May 13, 2005, defendant filed a motion for summary judgment and a motion to decertify the monetary damages class. On March 14, 2006, and March 31, 2006 respectively, the court (Judge Young) issued orders denying both the defendant's motion for summary judgment and the defendant's motion to decertify the class.

On June 13, 2007, the plaintiffs motioned for final approval of a settlement agreement, which was granted on June 22, 2007. The consent decree called for the implementation of monitor/oversight committee review of all practices, a thorough investigation of all offense locations to ensure the discontinuation of such actions, the implementation of approved training procedures, and a $9,000,000 settlement fund, half of which was divided amongst the plaintiff class and half of which was to cover attorneys fees.

Kristen Sagar - 02/19/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC)
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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-00518-GPM (S.D. Ill.) 02/01/2000
EE-IL-0126-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Recent Examples of EEOC's Enforcement of Equal Pay in Litigation 05/11/2000
EE-IL-0126-0001.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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