On June 10, 2002, a group of employees (past, present & applicant) of International Truck and Engine Corporation ("ITEC") filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, against ITEC in the United States District Court of the ...
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On June 10, 2002, a group of employees (past, present & applicant) of International Truck and Engine Corporation ("ITEC") filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, against ITEC in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Indiana.
The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, charging the Company with discriminating against African-American employees. The complaint alleged that the plaintiff class of African-American employees suffered racial harassment, discrimination in training, discipline, and job assignments and a hostile work environment.
On February 28, 2003, the plaintiffs filed motion for class certification. According to the consent decree, after an interlocutory appeal on class certification issues, on July 28, 2004, the court (Judge Richard L. Young) certified the hostile work environment class, consisting of all African-American employees of ITEC who, at any time since October 18, 1997 had been employed at ITEC's Indianapolis Plant.
On May 13, 2005, defendant filed a motion for summary judgment and a motion to decertify the monetary damages class. On March 14, 2006, and March 31, 2006 respectively, the court (Judge Young) issued orders denying both the defendant's motion for summary judgment and the defendant's motion to decertify the class.
On June 13, 2007, the plaintiffs motioned for final approval of a settlement agreement, which was granted on June 22, 2007. The consent decree called for the implementation of monitor/oversight committee review of all practices, a thorough investigation of all offense locations to ensure the discontinuation of such actions, the implementation of approved training procedures, and a $9,000,000 settlement fund, half of which was divided amongst the plaintiff class and half of which was to cover attorneys fees.Kristen Sagar - 02/19/2008