Case: Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods, Inc.

1:95-cv-01666 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: March 16, 1995

Closed Date: 2000

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Case Summary

On March 16, 1995, two employees filed a lawsuit against their employer, Dominick's Finer Foods Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Six other plaintiffs were later added. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged employment discrimination based on sex and race, and asked the court for injunctive and declaratory relief, back pay, and damages…

On March 16, 1995, two employees filed a lawsuit against their employer, Dominick's Finer Foods Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Six other plaintiffs were later added. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged employment discrimination based on sex and race, and asked the court for injunctive and declaratory relief, back pay, and damages. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant had discriminated against them in promotions, job assignments, hours of work, and training.

According to the PACER docket, on July 18, 1996, the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification. On March 31, 1997, the court (Judge Elaine E. Bucklo) granted in part the plaintiffs' motion for class certification. On April 8, 1997 the court (Judge Bucklo) held that it would certify a subclass of female employees but it would not certify a subclass of Hispanic employees. The class consisted of all females employed by Dominick's Finer Foods Inc. between September 23, 1993, and the date of the case. Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods, Inc., 172 F.R.D. 370 (N.D. Ill. 1997).

According to the PACER docket, on March 29, 2000, the parties filed a joint motion for final approval of the settlement agreement. The settlement agreement included a settlement fund of $7,650,000 for over 12,000 class members and provided that the defendant would pay $1,900,000 to class counsel. The settlement also provided injunctive relief and stated that the defendant would not engage in practices that have a disparate impact upon female employees or practices of retaliation against any of the class members. The defendant agreed to institute non-discrimination and diversity training, as well as a Career Connection Program to assist employees and applicants in attaining their goals and to ensure equal employment opportunities. It stated that the provisions of the agreement would remain in effect for three years. On March 31, 2000, the court (Judge Bucklo) approved the settlement agreement and dismissed the case.

Summary Authors

Emily Kuznick (5/1/2008)

People


Judge(s)

Bucklo, Elaine E. (Illinois)

Keys, Arlander (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Arimond, Bridget (Illinois)

Cummings, Jeffrey Irvine (Illinois)

Fisher, Ian Howard (Illinois)

Friedman, Jeffrey Mark (Illinois)

Galland, George Freeman Jr. (Illinois)

Holman, Brian Richard (Illinois)

Miner, Judson Hirsch (Illinois)

Strauss, Paul Leonard (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Bucklo, Elaine E. (Illinois)

Keys, Arlander (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Arimond, Bridget (Illinois)

Cummings, Jeffrey Irvine (Illinois)

Fisher, Ian Howard (Illinois)

Friedman, Jeffrey Mark (Illinois)

Galland, George Freeman Jr. (Illinois)

Holman, Brian Richard (Illinois)

Miner, Judson Hirsch (Illinois)

Strauss, Paul Leonard (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Boylan, Michael J. (California)

Gibbs, Patrick E. (California)

Hardwicke, Timothy Bunker (Illinois)

Lies, Mark Andrew III (Illinois)

Lynch, John P. (Illinois)

Marks, Stephanie P. (Illinois)

Masover, Cacilia Reich (Illinois)

Mester, Mark S. (Illinois)

Murray, John T. (Georgia)

Stein, Sylvia A. (Illinois)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

April 7, 2005 Docket
52

Opinion

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 12468

Aug. 22, 1995 Order/Opinion
57

Order (denying motion for reconsideration and granting the motion for clarification)

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13197

Sept. 7, 1995 Order/Opinion
108

Opinion

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

937 F.Supp. 723

Aug. 9, 1996 Order/Opinion
166

Opinion (Granting in part class certification)

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 1984

Feb. 21, 1997 Order/Opinion
195

Opinion (Plaintiffs' certification granted in part and denied in part)

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

172 F.R.D. 370

April 8, 1997 Order/Opinion
273

Judge Keys' Order Affirmed

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 526

Jan. 15, 1998 Order/Opinion
293

Opinion

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

1998 WL 161020

March 30, 1998 Order/Opinion
372

Settlement Agreement

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

March 31, 2000 Settlement Agreement
377

Class Counsel's Final Accounting Regarding the Class Action Settlement Fund and Request for Distribution of the Residual Funds to Class Counsel

Orlowski v. Dominick's Finer Foods Inc.

Feb. 8, 2002 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 16, 1995

Closing Date: 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All females employed by Dominick’s Finer Foods Inc.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Dominick's Finer Foods, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2000 - 2003

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Promotion

Training

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Hispanic