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Case Name Porter v. Intl Profit Assc Inc EE-IL-0307
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-02790 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On Apr. 18, 2002 the plaintiff, a female employee of International Profit Associates (IPA), filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued IPA under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff was represented by private counsel and ... read more >
On Apr. 18, 2002 the plaintiff, a female employee of International Profit Associates (IPA), filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued IPA under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff was represented by private counsel and sought declaratory relief, monetary relief and attorneys fees. The plaintiff claimed that throughout her employment at IPA she was repeatedly sexually harassed and sexually discriminated against, and that this discrimination and harassment led her to experience severe emotional distress. Specifically, she claimed that beginning shortly after her employment began, she was subject to graphic sexual comments, unwanted physical contact and sexual propositions. She claimed that her discharge on August 28, 2001 was retaliatory because she refused to have sex with a manager and participated in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation against IPA. The case was assigned to Judge Joan B. Gottschall.

The defendants moved to dismiss the complaint on May 14, 2002. They alleged that the case should be dismissed on the grounds that at the time of filing, the plaintiff was already a class member of a prior pending action arising out of the same set of facts. Separately, they alleged that the claim of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress should be dismissed because the plaintiffs failed to exhaust state remedies.

On September 26, 2002 the plaintiff filed a notice for a voluntarily dismissal of her individual case because of health reasons. She sought leave instead to intervene in an ongoing EEOC action against her employer, found at EE-IL-0123. The court granted leave to intervene on January 17, 2003 and the case is now closed.

Anna Brito - 09/27/2018


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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
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) International Profit Associates, Inc.
Plaintiff Description A female employee of International Profits Association who alleges she faced sexual harassment and discrimination
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filing Year 2002
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0123 : EEOC v. International Profit Associates, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0308 : Lopez v. Intl Profit Assc Inc (N.D. Ill.)
Docket(s)
1:02−cv−02790 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0307-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/24/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-IL-0307-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/18/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and opinion on defendant's motion to dismiss [ECF# 28] (2003 WL 22956004) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0307-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/12/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Gottschall, Joan B. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0307-0002 | EE-IL-0307-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Peters, Ross J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0307-0001 | EE-IL-0307-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cherry, Myron Milton (Illinois)
EE-IL-0307-9000
Goldberg, Cary Neal (Illinois)
EE-IL-0307-9000

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