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Case Name Cremin v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. EE-IL-0272
Docket / Court 1:96-CV-03773 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On June 21, 1996, an individual employee filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself and other similarly situated employees against her employer, Merrill Lynch, the New York Stock Exchange, and the National Association of Securities Dealers in the United States District Court for the Northern District of ... read more >
On June 21, 1996, an individual employee filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself and other similarly situated employees against her employer, Merrill Lynch, the New York Stock Exchange, and the National Association of Securities Dealers in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff alleged gender discrimination and pregnancy discrimination in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d). The plaintiff contended that the employer had engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination which restricted the plaintiff's access to pay, benefits, and promotions and had led to her termination. She also alleged that her supervisor had created a hostile work environment.

On February 21, 1997 the court (Judge Ruben Castillo) dismissed the counts pertaining to the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers, thus frustrating the plaintiff's efforts to avoid arbitration. The plaintiff quickly modified her complaint, however, to include these defendants again. The court (Judge Ruben Castillo) granted preliminary class certification on June 18, 1998. The class consisted of all women who were employed in Merrill Lynch's domestic Private Client Group between January 1, 1994 and June 18, 1998.

On September 2, 1998, the court (Judge Castillo) approved a settlement agreement creating a complex multi-stage arbitration process. It required the arbitrators to first consider the class based claims and then at another stage the individual claims and on the basis of the total evidence award each individual with any relief deemed appropriate so long as it was within the authority of the court to grant such relief.

Over the next eight years the roughly 900 class members pursued such relief and in some cases returned to court to contest individual issues or seek the replacement of class counsel and recoup attorney's fees.

Michael Perry - 08/05/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Merrill Lych, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
National Association of Securities Dealers
New York Stock Exchange
Plaintiff Description All women who were employed in Merrill Lynch's domestic Private Client Group between January 1, 1994 and June 18, 1998.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filing Year 1996
Case Closing Year 1998
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:96-cv-03773 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0272-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/25/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Dismissing defendants New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers) (957 F.Supp. 1460) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0272-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | External Link | Detail
Date: 02/21/1997
Stipulation of Settlement (portion) [ECF# 96]
EE-IL-0272-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/17/1998
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (Permitting the findings of one arbitration hearing having preclusive effect on other hearings) (328 F.Supp.2d 865) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0272-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/03/2004
Source: Google Scholar
Final Decision and Order (Third-Stage Hearing Panel) [ECF# 413-1] (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0272-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Petition to Vacate [ECF# 413]
EE-IL-0272-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/27/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (Affirming an arbitration award of no damages) (434 F.Supp.2d 554) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0272-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/25/2006
Source: Google Scholar
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Judges Castillo, Rubén (N.D. Ill.) show/hide docs
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Monitors/Masters Jaffe, Ira F. (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Lau, Mary A. (Florida) show/hide docs
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Lesser, Nancy F (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Glink, Shona B. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Rubin, Michael (California) show/hide docs
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DeNardo, James P. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Dichter, Mark S. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Jackson, Robert L III (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Poor, James Stephen (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Reicher, Terri L. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Schaffran, Andrew J. (New York) show/hide docs
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