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Case Name EEOC v. JOHNSON INTERNATIONAL, INC. EE-WI-0020
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-00943-TJC ( E.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC filed this suit on September 30, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The EEOC alleged that Defendant Johnson International, Inc., a global financial services company owned by the S.C. Johnson family, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by ... read more >
The EEOC filed this suit on September 30, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The EEOC alleged that Defendant Johnson International, Inc., a global financial services company owned by the S.C. Johnson family, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating on the basis of sex when it retracted a job offer from the complainant when it learned she was pregnant.

A consent decree was issued on December 27, 2004, which required the defendant to pay the complainant $450,000. The consent decree, which was to last for two years, also required defendant to give to the EEOC every sixth with a document reporting every woman who applied for Senior Vice President positions and whether they were hired.

There has been no activity on the docket since 2005; the consent decree is expired, and the case is likely closed.

Megan Brown - 01/12/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Johnson International, Inc.
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of female employee alleging failure to hire based on pregnancy.
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
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  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
Date: Apr. 1, 2001
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School Faculty)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
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Docket(s)
2:03−cv−00943 (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0020-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/15/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Press Release
EE-WI-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/28/2004
Source: EEOC.gov
Judgment (Consent Decree) [ECF# 48] (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/15/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]

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