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Case Name EEOC v. FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION EE-IL-0080
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-02209-HAB-DGB ( C.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004 the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Federal Express Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois alleging sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the ... read more >
In September 2004 the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Federal Express Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois alleging sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the complainants, two male employees, were sexually harassed and at least one constructively discharged in retaliation for his opposition to the harassment. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in January 2007. Following discovery, several status conferences, and two settlement conferences, the parties settled the lawsuit in April 2007 through a consent decree.

The two year decree required the defendant to: report on complaints, make compliance reports, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, post notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, and pay $275,000 to be distributed among two individuals.

Daisy Manning - 11/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
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
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Federal Express Corporation
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
2:04-cv-02209-HAB-DGB (C.D. Ill.) 04/04/2007
EE-IL-0080-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2004
EE-IL-0080-0001.pdf | Detail
First Amended Complaint 10/20/2005
EE-IL-0080-0002.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Defendant's Motion for S/J] 12/05/2006 (2006 WL 3512960) (C.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0080-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 04/04/2007
EE-IL-0080-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges Baker, Harold Albert (C.D. Ill., E.D. Ill., FISC)
EE-IL-0080-0003 | EE-IL-0080-0004 | EE-IL-0080-9001
Bernthal, David G. (C.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0080-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cohen, Ethan M.M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0080-9001
Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0080-0004
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0080-0001
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0080-0001 | EE-IL-0080-0002 | EE-IL-0080-0004 | EE-IL-0080-9001
Henry, Ann M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0080-0002 | EE-IL-0080-9001
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0080-0001 | EE-IL-0080-0002 | EE-IL-0080-0004
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0080-0001 | EE-IL-0080-0002
Smason, Diane I. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0080-0001 | EE-IL-0080-0002 | EE-IL-0080-0004 | EE-IL-0080-9001
Szromba, Jeanne B. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0080-0001 | EE-IL-0080-0002 | EE-IL-0080-0004 | EE-IL-0080-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Grytdahl, Jay L (Tennessee)
EE-IL-0080-0004 | EE-IL-0080-9001
Heinrich, Fred K. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0080-9001
Isom, Sandra Colene (Tennessee)
EE-IL-0080-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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