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Case Name EEOC v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store EE-IL-0060
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-05273 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Chicago District Office sued Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on August 11, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against female employees and creating a hostile work ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago District Office sued Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on August 11, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against female employees and creating a hostile work environment; by discriminating against African American employees and providing disparate terms of employment; by retaliating against employees for complaining about their treatment; and by constructively discharging numerous employees. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment on February 14, 2006, but it was never resolved.

The parties entered into a consent decree on March 10, 2006 that stipulated that the defendant would pay $2,000,000 in damages to the class of plaintiffs to be apportioned by the EEOC, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, provide Title VII compliance training to managers and all other employees in the affected stores, and report to the EEOC concerning discrimination and harassment complaints. The consent decree was set to last for two years.

On April 13, 2006, a would-be claimant sought to amend the consent decree to include himself. The Court (Judge Charles R. Norgle Sr.) denied this motion on July 24, 2006 because the claimant worked at the restaurant five years before the time period considered in the suit, and he never file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC.

There was no subsequent activity, and the case is presumed closed.

Aaron Weismann - 06/19/2007
Rachel Barr - 01/03/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Cracker Barrel Old County Store, 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
Filed Pro Se 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 2006 - 2008
Filing Year 2004
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:04-cv-05273 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0060-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/24/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Sues Cracker Barrel for Sex Bias and Racial Harassment [EEOC Press Release]
EE-IL-0060-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/11/2004
Complaint
EE-IL-0060-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/12/2004
Cracker Barrel to Pay $2 Million for Race and Sexual Harassment at Three Illinois Restaurants [EEOC Press Release]
EE-IL-0060-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/10/2006
Consent Decree
EE-IL-0060-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/13/2006

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