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Case Name EEOC v. SIDLEY AUSTIN BROWN & WOOD LLP EE-IL-0205
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-00208 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In January 2005, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 196 ... read more >
In January 2005, the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging discrimination on the basis of age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant implemented an age-based retirement policy that discriminated against employees forty and older and downgraded or expelled attorneys on account of their age. Following some discovery and an interlocutory appeal of the District Court's denial of partial summary judgment for the defendant to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the parties settled the lawsuit in October 2007 through a consent decree.

The twenty-six month consent decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: keep records, hire an internal monitor, post notice of employee rights, distribute copies of the consent decree to all partners, and pay $27,500,000 to eligible claimants according to the EEOC's discretion pursuant to a confidential document.

Daisy Manning - 04/24/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP
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)
06-8002 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 03/16/2006
EE-IL-0205-9001 PDF | Detail
1:05-cv-00208 (N.D. Ill.) 01/09/2008
EE-IL-0205-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/13/2005
EE-IL-0205-0001 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release [Regarding June 9, 2005, Ruling] 06/09/2005
EE-IL-0205-0004 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 06/09/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0005 PDF | Detail
Protective Order 09/02/2005 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0002 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release [Announcing Lawsuit] 11/13/2005
EE-IL-0205-0010 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release [Regarding Dec. 20, 2005, Ruling] 12/20/2005
EE-IL-0205-0006 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Regarding Defendant's Motions for Summary Judgment and of Certification for Interlocutory Appeal] 12/20/2005 (406 F.Supp.2d 991) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0013 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
EEOC Press Release [Regarding Court of Appeals Decision] 02/17/2006
EE-IL-0205-0003 PDF | Detail
Opinion [Court of Appeals, Regarding Dec. 20, 2005, Memorandum Opinion and Order] 02/17/2006 (437 F.3d 695)
EE-IL-0205-0014 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Minute Entry [EEOC's Motion to Compel Granted in Part and Denied in Part] 07/13/2006
EE-IL-0205-0008 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release [Regarding Supreme Court's Denial for Review] 10/02/2006
EE-IL-0205-0007 PDF | Detail
Protective Order Governing Subsequent Employment Information and Documents 01/25/2007 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0009 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Regarding Motions to Compel - As Amended 05/09/2007] 04/27/2007 (2007 WL 1246450) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0015 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 10/04/2007
EE-IL-0205-0011 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
$27.5 MILLION CONSENT DECREE RESOLVES EEOC AGE BIAS SUIT AGAINST SIDLEY AUSTIN 10/05/2007
EE-IL-0205-0012 PDF | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
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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