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Case Name EEOC v. WHITEHALL HOTEL EE-IL-0253
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-06851 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Chicago office filed this suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on September 29, 2003. The complaint alleged Whitehall Hotel and Whitehall Restaurant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to accommodate a cook with a learning disability ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago office filed this suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on September 29, 2003. The complaint alleged Whitehall Hotel and Whitehall Restaurant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to accommodate a cook with a learning disability and by including impermissible inquiries on job applications regarding applicants' need for accommodations. After filing, both sides filed numerous discovery motions. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment which was partially granted. The judgment would have prevented the EEOC from being granted injunctive relief at trial. However, the parties ended up settling the case, and a consent decree effective for three months was entered in September 2005 in which Whitehall agreed to pay its former cook $15,000 and conduct a training seminar for its managers.

Jason Chester - 07/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Medical Exam / Inquiry
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Whitehall Hotel LLC
Whitehall Hotel Restaurant, Ltd.
Whitehall Hotel, Ltd.
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 2005 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
1:03-cv-06851 (N.D. Ill.) 09/13/2005
EE-IL-0253-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2003
EE-IL-0253-0001 PDF | Detail
First Amended Complaint 04/27/2004
EE-IL-0253-0003 PDF | Detail
Order [Denying in part and granting in part motion to quash and motion for protective order] 08/10/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0253-0012 PDF | Detail
Order [Denying and granting in part motion to compel] 08/30/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0253-0013 PDF | Detail
Order [Denying Motion to Quash] 10/12/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0253-0014 PDF | Detail
Order [Denying Protective Order] 12/08/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0253-0015 PDF | Detail
Order [re:Motion to Compel and Dismiss] 12/13/2004 (2004 WL 2921861) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0253-0016 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Second Amended Complaint 02/09/2005
EE-IL-0253-0008 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 02/24/2005 (2005 WL 483428) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0253-0009 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Agreed Order 09/15/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0253-0011 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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