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Case Name EEOC v. CATERPILLAR INC EE-IL-0040
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-05637 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2003, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Caterpillar, Inc., a national construction equipment manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Three black males intervened in the suit. The complaint states that the ... read more >
In August 2003, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Caterpillar, Inc., a national construction equipment manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Three black males intervened in the suit. The complaint states that the aggrieved men asserted claims of racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the men claimed that coworkers would harass and whistle at them as if they were dogs. When the men complained, the defendant did nothing. Still, after extensive discovery, failed motions for summary judgment, and a jury trial, the defendant prevailed in October 2004. The EEOC filed a notice of appeal, but the case was dismissed at the circuit level in February 2005.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Caterpillar, 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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
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-05637 (N.D. Ill.) 03/18/2005
EE-IL-0040-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/13/2003
EE-IL-0040-0001.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release 08/13/2003
EE-IL-0040-0007.pdf | Detail
Minute Order [Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment] 03/25/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0040-0003.pdf | Detail
Minute Order [Regarding Jury Verdict] 10/12/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0040-0005.pdf | Detail
Verdict 10/12/2004
EE-IL-0040-0006.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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