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Case Name EEOC v. PRO-PAK INDUSTRIES INC EE-IL-0181
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-00552 ( 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 January 2001, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Pro-Pak Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting the claimants to a hostile ... read more >
In January 2001, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Pro-Pak Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting the claimants to a hostile working environment because of their race (black) and discharging the claimant in retaliation of their complaint. The claimants intervened in the EEOC's suit in May 2001. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in September 2002.

The 18 month consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation, pay the claimants a sum of $55,000, create an anti-discrimination policy, distribute the policy, post notice, provide training for all employees on EEO laws and the new policy, keep records of any complaints of discrimination and/or retaliation, and give the EEOC reports every six months of discrimination and/or retaliation complaints and the posting of notice.

Lionel Joiner - 06/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Pro-Pak Industries 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 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:01-cv-00552 (N.D. Ill.) 09/18/2002
EE-IL-0181-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 01/29/2001
EE-IL-0181-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/18/2002
EE-IL-0181-0002 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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