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Case Name EEOC v. Mediterranean Partners EE-IL-0155
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-05114 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 21, 2006, the Chicago office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or "Plaintiff") filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued Mediterranean Partners Inc. d/b/a The York Tavern under 42 USC §2000 ... read more >
On September 21, 2006, the Chicago office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or "Plaintiff") filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued Mediterranean Partners Inc. d/b/a The York Tavern under 42 USC §2000 (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and 42 USC §1981a (Title I of the Civil Right Act of 1991). The plaintiff sought a permanent injunction enjoining the defendant from engaging in any employment practices that discriminated on the basis of sex; institute and carry out equal employment opportunities for its employees regardless of sex; back pay; non- and pecuniary losses; and punitive damages. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant discriminated against four female employees ("CD", "RF", "PQ", "DS") and a class of female employees on the basis of their sex, by subjecting them to sexual harassment, failing to correct the sexually hostile work environment, and constrictively discharging them.

After settlement negotiations, the parties resolved the suit by entry of a consent decree on February 27, 2008. Neither party admitted to any of the claims or defenses raised or asserted by the other in the case. The defendant was permanently enjoined from discriminating against any employee at the Oak Brook, IL facility on the basis of sex and from retaliating against any person at its Oak Brook, IL facility. The defendant was required to pay a total of $35,000 to six (6) employees and to implement anti-discrimination training for its employees.
The defendant was ordered to document, maintain and make available records of each sexual harassment complaint received by them, and file reports with EEOC for a period of two (2) years. The decree was in effect for two (2) years and the court retained the jurisdiction to enforce the decree.

Despite the ordered consent decree, the docket indicates that the parties continued litigating the central issues to the case. On March 26, 2008, the defendant filed an initial status report that indicated that it intended to file a Motion for Summary Judgment with regard to two plaintiff-intervenors' claims. The defendant argued that it was not an "employer" within the meaning of Title VII because it had not employed fifteen (15) or more employees for twenty (20) weeks of the current or preceding calendar year.

On April 14, 2008, CD filed a joint stipulation to dismiss the case without prejudice. Judge John A. Nordberg granted the stipulation as to CD only, and the case was reinstated as to all other parties. On April 30, 2008, the case was referred to Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown for discovery and settlement.

On May 20, 2008 the defendant filed a motion for summary judgement as per the initial status report of March 26, 2008.

On July 1, 2008, District Judge Nordberg dismissed the case with prejudice, and in a hearing before Magistrate Judge Brown on the same day, the case was concluded. The case appears to be closed.

Shankar Viswanathan - 05/23/2008
Joanna Kuzdra - 03/23/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Mediterranean Partners, Inc.
Mediterranean Partners, Inc.
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 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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By: Outten & Golden
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  Age Discrimination Class Action seeks Fair Employment for Older PwC Applicants
http://www.pwcagecase.com/
Date: Apr. 27, 2016
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Smith Barney Gender Discrimination
https://www.lieffcabraser.com/employment/smith-barney/
Date: August 2008
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar. 1, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Faculty)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:06-cv-05114 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0155-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/01/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-IL-0155-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/21/2006
Plaintiff-Intervenor's Complaint
EE-IL-0155-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/08/2006
Consent Decree [ECF# 76]
EE-IL-0155-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/27/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Nordberg, John Albert (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Calhoun, June Wallace (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Seliger, Stephen G (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Smason, Diane I. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Smith, Michael T (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bisbee, Julie K (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Boyd, James H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Cliffe, Sara Marie (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Ekl, Elizabeth (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Sotos, James G. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000
Timbo, John J (Illinois)
EE-IL-0155-9000

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