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Case Name EEOC v. Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC EE-IL-0030
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-05445 ( 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
On September 21, 2005 the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire LLC under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiffs, representing Hispanic and ... read more >
On September 21, 2005 the Chicago District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire LLC under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiffs, representing Hispanic and African American employees of Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire LLC, asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief. The plaintiff claimed that African American and Hispanic employees were subjected to different terms and conditions of employment and were subjected to a hostile work environment because of their race and national origin. The plaintiff also alleged that one employee was discharged in retaliation for complaining about the discrimination.

On August 21st, 2006, the plaintiffs and defendants jointly moved for a protective order to maintain confidentiality over certain information and documents. On September 6, 2006, Judge Joan B. Gottschall entered the agreed protective order. Specifically, the order stated information and documents such as wage, financial, or tax information; social security numbers; physical and mental health information; trade secrets; performance evaluations; employee complaints; proprietary business processes and procedures; and defendant's affirmative action plans were to remain confidential.

Between 2007 and 2008 the parties conducted multiple settlement conferences. On April 4, 2008, both parties consented to transferring the case to Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys. On April 9, 2008, Chief Judge James F. Holderman signed an Executive Committee Order transferring the case to Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys.

On May 21, 2008 the Honorable Arlander Keys signed a consent decree. The decree included injunctive and monetary relief. The injunctive relief enjoined the defendant from discriminating against employees on the basis of race; required the defendant to create a policy prohibiting discrimination in the workplace; and required posting, record keeping, and training. The monetary relief totaled $425,000 to be distributed among 17 class members.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/27/2008
Gabriela Hybel - 11/21/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Training
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Order Duration 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit
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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
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  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar 1, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:05-cv-05445 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0030-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-IL-0030-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/21/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Protective Order [ECF# 23] (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0030-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/06/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Transfer of Case to the Executive Committee for a Reassignment to Magistrate Judge [ECF# 41] (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0030-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/09/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 45]
EE-IL-0030-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Gottschall, Joan B. (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0030-0003 | EE-IL-0030-0004 | EE-IL-0030-9000
Holderman, James F. Court not on record
EE-IL-0030-0004
Keys, Arlander (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0030-0002 | EE-IL-0030-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Elkin, Laurie S (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-9000
Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-9000
Mrizek, Richard John (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-0003 | EE-IL-0030-9000
Mulaire, Justin (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Katz, Naomi Felicia (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-9000
Steenson, Todd David (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-9000
Vyverberg, Robert W (Illinois)
EE-IL-0030-0003 | EE-IL-0030-9000

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