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Case Name EEOC v. Von Maur, Inc. EE-IL-0245
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-06194 ( 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
In September 2003, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Von Maur, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant provided male employees with a discount on tailored men's clothing but not female employees ... read more >
In September 2003, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Von Maur, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant provided male employees with a discount on tailored men's clothing but not female employees and that the defendant discontinued its discount program for all employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. After several status hearings, the parties settled in May 2004 through a consent decree.

The eighteen-month decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report to the EEOC every six months, maintain records of all complaints of sex discrimination regarding employee discounts, and pay $18,000.

Justin Kanter - 09/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Von Maur, 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 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 2004 - 2005
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-06194 (N.D. Ill.) 05/03/2004
EE-IL-0245-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/04/2003
EE-IL-0245-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 05/03/2004
EE-IL-0245-0002 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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