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Case Name EEOC v. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood EE-IL-0205
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-00208 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On January 14, 2005, the Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The plaintiff sued the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP under 29 U.S.C. §62 ... read more >
On January 14, 2005, the Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The plaintiff sued the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP under 29 U.S.C. §621, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”). The plaintiff claimed that the defendant discriminated on the basis of age. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant implemented an age-based retirement policy that discriminated against employees forty and older and downgraded or expelled attorneys on account of their age.

The plaintiff sought a permanent injunction enjoining the defendant from engaging in any employment practice that discriminates on the basis of age against individuals 40 years of age and older; to order the defendant to institute and carry out policies that provide equal employment opportunities for individuals 40 years of age and older; to order the defendant to reinstate of a class of employees over the age of 40 to the status of partner which they previously occupied or in the alternative provide front pay, back pay, prejudgment interest, the value of lost benefits and liquidated damages.

On June 9, 2005, U.S. District Judge James B Zagel denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgement involving individual relief for persons who failed to file charges under the ADEA and were therefore, according to the defendants, barred from bringing their own individual suits. Judge Zagel ordered that concerns over brining stale claims did not override the EEOC’s right to advance the interests of the public by seeking individual relief for at least some individuals in this case.

On December 20, 2005, Judge Zagel decided that the defendant’s motion for partial summary judgement on reconsideration on claims for individual relief was denied and the defendant’s motion of certification for interlocutory appeal was granted. The flowing questions of law was certified by Judge Zagel: “in the circumstances of this case, whether the EEOC may pursue individual relief for persons who did not file charges under the ADEA and are now barred from bringing their own individual suits?” On February 17, 2006, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the judgement of the District Court.

Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit on October 4, 2007 through a consent decree. The consent decree contained anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, and required the defendant to: keep records, hire an internal monitor, post notice of employee rights, distribute copies of the consent decree to all partners, and pay $27,500,000 to eligible claimants according to the EEOC's discretion pursuant to a confidential document. The term of the decree was from October 2007 until December 31, 2009.

The case is closed.

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of employees forty and older who were discriminated on the basis of their age when the defendant implemented an age-based retirement policy and also downgraded or expelled on account of their age.
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
06-8002 (U.S. Court of Appeals)
EE-IL-0205-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/16/2006
1:05-cv-00208 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/29/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-IL-0205-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/13/2005
EEOC Press Release [Regarding June 9, 2005, Ruling]
EE-IL-0205-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/09/2005
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] [ECF# 23] (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/09/2005
Protective Order (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/02/2005
EEOC Press Release [Announcing Lawsuit]
EE-IL-0205-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/13/2005
EEOC Press Release [Regarding Dec. 20, 2005, Ruling]
EE-IL-0205-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/20/2005
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Regarding Defendant's Motions for Summary Judgment and of Certification for Interlocutory Appeal] (406 F.Supp.2d 991) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/20/2005
Source: Google Scholar
EEOC Press Release [Regarding Court of Appeals Decision]
EE-IL-0205-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2006
Opinion [Court of Appeals, Regarding Dec. 20, 2005, Memorandum Opinion and Order] [Ct. of App. ECF# 56] (437 F.3d 695)
EE-IL-0205-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/21/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Minute Entry [EEOC's Motion to Compel Granted in Part and Denied in Part]
EE-IL-0205-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/13/2006
EEOC Press Release [Regarding Supreme Court's Denial for Review]
EE-IL-0205-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/02/2006
Protective Order Governing Subsequent Employment Information and Documents (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/25/2007
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Regarding Motions to Compel - As Amended 05/09/2007] (2007 WL 1246450) (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0015.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/27/2007
Consent Decree [ECF# 176]
EE-IL-0205-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/04/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
$27.5 MILLION CONSENT DECREE RESOLVES EEOC AGE BIAS SUIT AGAINST SIDLEY AUSTIN
EE-IL-0205-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/05/2007
Source: EEOC.gov
Judges Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0205-0014
Posner, Richard Allen (Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0205-0014
Wood, Diane Pamela (Seventh Circuit)
EE-IL-0205-0014
Zagel, James Block (FISC, N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205-0005 | EE-IL-0205-0011 | EE-IL-0205-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0205-0011
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0205-0001
Elkin, Laurie S (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-0001 | EE-IL-0205-0011 | EE-IL-0205-9000
Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-0001 | EE-IL-0205-0011 | EE-IL-0205-9000
Hamilton, Deborah Lois (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-0001 | EE-IL-0205-0011 | EE-IL-0205-9000
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-0001 | EE-IL-0205-0011 | EE-IL-0205-9000
Lee, James E. (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0205-0001 | EE-IL-0205-0011
Mulaire, Justin (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-0011 | EE-IL-0205-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0205-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Bills, Matthew A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Bucheit, John E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Cole, Thomas A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-0011
Conway, Michael Peter (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Douglas, Charles W. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-0011
Elden, Gary Michael (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Elmore, Elizabeth S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Grossman, Paul (California)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Gulland, Michael S. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Jones, Gregory C (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
McMurtrie, Amanda Helen (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
McNally, Laura K. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Murray, Lynn Hagman (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Solis, Maile H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0205-9000
Span, Robert S. (California)
EE-IL-0205-9000

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