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Case Name Max v. MAYTAG CORP EE-IL-0154
Docket / Court 04 C 4617 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
This suit was brought in July 2004 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Maytag by an employee who alleged that he was demoted and not promoted because of his age, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

In October 2004, the case was ... read more >
This suit was brought in July 2004 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, against Maytag by an employee who alleged that he was demoted and not promoted because of his age, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

In October 2004, the case was consolidated with EEOC v. Maytag, 1:04-cv-04632 (N.D. Ill. July 15, 2004), which alleged class-wide age discrimination. After a motion by the defendant to dismiss was denied, the parties came to terms, and a consent decree was entered in December 2005 resolving both cases. Maytag agreed to pay class members a total of $334,500, to provide training in age discrimination law for its managers and supervisors, and to report periodically to the EEOC on the age of employees promoted and demoted.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/19/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discipline
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Maytag Corporation
Plaintiff Description A 62-year-old regional sales manager, with the EEOC intervening on behalf of similarly situated regional sales managers over the age of 50
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 2005 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0305 : EEOC, et al v. Maytag Corp (N.D. Ill.)
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)
1:04-cv-04617 (N.D. Ill.) 12/02/2005
EE-IL-0154-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order on Motion to Dismiss 09/22/2004 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0154-0002 PDF | Detail
Consolidated Amended Complaint 11/02/2004
EE-IL-0154-0003 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 05/12/2005 (2005 WL 1563109 / 2005 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 136) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0154-0008 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Consent Decree 12/02/2005
EE-IL-0154-0004 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (December 2005) 12/31/2005
EE-IL-0154-0005 PDF | Detail
Complaint 07/15/2007
EE-IL-0154-0001 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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