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Case Name EEOC v. Gurtz Electric Company EE-IL-0102
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-04976 ( 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 July 2002, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against construction companies Pickus Construction & Equipment Company, Inc. and Gurtz Electric Co in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female in ... read more >
In July 2002, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against construction companies Pickus Construction & Equipment Company, Inc. and Gurtz Electric Co in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant allowed sexually offensive graffiti to remain on the walls of a construction site and public toilet, thereby creating a sexually hostile work environment. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in March and June 2004 through two consent decrees.

Only the consent decree between the EEOC and Pickus is available. The two-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report on complaints and make other compliance reports, keep records, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, update its anti-discrimination policy, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, implement a complaint resolution process, and pay $29,750 to be distributed among two individuals. The EEOC Litigation Settlement Report states that Gurtz was required to pay the claimants $50,000.

Daisy Manning - 04/25/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Gurtz Electric Co
Pickus Construction & Equipment Company, 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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
1:02-cv-04976 (N.D. Ill.) 03/01/2004
EE-IL-0102-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/15/2002
EE-IL-0102-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/17/2003
EE-IL-0102-0002 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - April 2003 06/17/2003
EE-IL-0102-0003 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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