Case: Porter v. Intl Profit Assc Inc

1:02-cv-02790 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: April 18, 2002

Closed Date: Jan. 17, 2003

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Case Summary

On Apr. 18, 2002 the plaintiff, a female employee of International Profit Associates (IPA), filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued IPA under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff was represented by private counsel and sought declaratory relief, monetary relief and attorneys fees. The plaintiff claimed that throughout her employment at IPA she was repeatedly sexually harassed and sexually discriminated against, and …

On Apr. 18, 2002 the plaintiff, a female employee of International Profit Associates (IPA), filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued IPA under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff was represented by private counsel and sought declaratory relief, monetary relief and attorneys fees. The plaintiff claimed that throughout her employment at IPA she was repeatedly sexually harassed and sexually discriminated against, and that this discrimination and harassment led her to experience severe emotional distress. Specifically, she claimed that beginning shortly after her employment began, she was subject to graphic sexual comments, unwanted physical contact and sexual propositions. She claimed that her discharge on August 28, 2001 was retaliatory because she refused to have sex with a manager and participated in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation against IPA. The case was assigned to Judge Joan B. Gottschall.

The defendants moved to dismiss the complaint on May 14, 2002. They alleged that the case should be dismissed on the grounds that at the time of filing, the plaintiff was already a class member of a prior pending action arising out of the same set of facts. Separately, they alleged that the claim of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress should be dismissed because the plaintiffs failed to exhaust state remedies.

On September 26, 2002 the plaintiff filed a notice for a voluntarily dismissal of her individual case because of health reasons. She sought leave instead to intervene in an ongoing EEOC action against her employer, found at EE-IL-0123. The court granted leave to intervene on January 17, 2003 and the case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Anna Brito (9/27/2018)

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EEOC v. International Profit Associates, Inc., Northern District of Illinois (2001)

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People

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Judge(s)

Gottschall, Joan B. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Peters, Ross J. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cherry, Myron Milton (Illinois)

Goldberg, Cary Neal (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Gottschall, Joan B. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Peters, Ross J. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cherry, Myron Milton (Illinois)

Goldberg, Cary Neal (Illinois)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:02-cv-02790

Docket [PACER]

July 24, 2008

July 24, 2008

Docket
1

1:02-cv-02790

Complaint

April 18, 2002

April 18, 2002

Complaint
28

1:02-cv-02790

Order and opinion on defendant's motion to dismiss

Dec. 12, 2003

Dec. 12, 2003

Order/Opinion

Docket

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Last updated Aug. 25, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT (Attachment); jury demand − Civil cover sheet − Appearance(s) of Ross J. Peters as attorney(s) for plaintiff ( One original and one copy summons(es) issued.) ( Documents: (1−1 through 1−3)) (gcy) (Entered: 04/18/2002)

April 18, 2002

April 18, 2002

RECEIPT regarding payment of filing fee paid; on 4/18/02 in the amount of $ 150.00, receipt # 108489. (gcy) (Entered: 04/18/2002)

April 18, 2002

April 18, 2002

2

MOTION by plaintiff to reassign the case , and for other relief (Attachments); Notice (rmm) (Entered: 05/09/2002)

May 2, 2002

May 2, 2002

3

MINUTE ORDER of 5/8/02 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall: Motion by plaintiff to reassign the case is granted [2−1]. Pursuant to Local Rule 40.4(c), case 00 C 2790 is reassigned to Judge Gottschall which is related to 01 Cv 4427 currently pending before Judge Gottschall. Mailed notice (rmm) (Entered: 05/09/2002)

May 8, 2002

May 8, 2002

5

MOTION by defendant to dismiss counts I throught III of plaintiff's complaint ; Notice. (ntf) (Entered: 05/20/2002)

May 14, 2002

May 14, 2002

6

MINUTE ORDER of 5/17/02 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : Answer brief to motion to dismiss Counts I through III of plaintiff's complaint due 05/31/02. [5−1] Reply to answer brief due 6/10/02. Ruling on Defendant, IPA's motion to dismiss Counts I through II of Plaintiff's complaint will be by mail. Mailed notice (tlm) (Entered: 05/20/2002)

May 17, 2002

May 17, 2002

7

MOTION by plaintiff to amend briefing schedule concerning motion to dismiss (Attachments); Notice. (air) (Entered: 06/05/2002)

May 31, 2002

May 31, 2002

8

MINUTE ORDER of 6/4/02 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall: Motion by plaintiff to amend briefing schedule is granted [7−1]. Briefing schedule as to pending motion to dismiss [5−1] is as follows: Plaintiff to file response by 6/11/02. Defendant's reply is due by 6/21/02. Mailed notice (air) (Entered: 06/05/2002)

June 4, 2002

June 4, 2002

9

ANSWERING brief by plaintiff to International Profit Associates, Inc's. motion to dismiss counts I throught III of plaintiff's complaint [5−1]. (ntf) (Entered: 06/12/2002)

June 11, 2002

June 11, 2002

12

MOTION by plaintiff to stay the briefing schedule with respect to International Profit Associates, Inc.'s motion to dismiss counts I &II (Attachments); Notice (ntf) (Entered: 06/25/2002)

June 17, 2002

June 17, 2002

10

REPLY by defendant to plaintiff's answering brief to IPA's motion to dismiss counts I throught III of plaintiff's complaint [5−1]. (hmb) (Entered: 06/20/2002)

June 19, 2002

June 19, 2002

11

OPPOSITION by IPA to plaintiff's motion to stay the briefing schedule with respect to International Profit Associates Inc motion to dismiss counts I throught II [5−1]. (hmb) (Entered: 06/21/2002)

June 20, 2002

June 20, 2002

13

MINUTE ORDER of 6/21/02 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : Plaintiff's motion to stay the briefing schedule with respect to International Profit Associates, Inc.'s motion to dismiss counts I &II until 09/30/02 is granted [12−1]. Response to motion to dismiss counts I &II of plaintiff's complaint [5−1] is due by 10/15/02. Reply is by 10/29/02. The court will rule by mail. Motion to dismiss count II is fully briefed and is taken under [5−1] advisement. Mailed notice (ntf) Modified on 07/18/2002 (Entered: 06/25/2002)

June 21, 2002

June 21, 2002

14

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 6/21/02 Before the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall. (hmb) (Entered: 07/18/2002)

July 17, 2002

July 17, 2002

16

MOTION by plaintiff for protective order , and to set a date certain for the direct examination of the plaintiff by videotape ; Notice. (hmb) (Entered: 08/29/2002)

Aug. 26, 2002

Aug. 26, 2002

17

MINUTE ORDER of 8/28/02 by Hon. Morton Denlow : Motion hearing held on plaintiff's motion for protective order and to set a date certain for the direct examination of the plaintiff by videotape. Plaintiff's motion for protective order [16−1] and to set a date certain for the direct examination of the plaintiff by videotape [16−2] is granted as stated in open court. The discovery portion of plaintiff's deposition to be completed on or by 9/5/02. The trial portion is to be completed on or by 9/12/02. At the time of plaintiff's next deposition, Rhonda Porter is to execute any necessary consent form for a doctors report relating to the medication taken by Porter and the implications of that medication on her testimony during her deposition. Notices mailed by Judge's staff (hmb) (Entered: 08/29/2002)

Aug. 28, 2002

Aug. 28, 2002

21

MOTION by defendant for an extension of time of fact discovery cutoff date ; Notice. (hmb) (Entered: 09/26/2002)

Sept. 13, 2002

Sept. 13, 2002

19

MOTION by plaintiff Rhonda Porter to intervene in case 01−cv−4227 , and for other relief ; Notice (rmm) (Entered: 09/26/2002)

Sept. 19, 2002

Sept. 19, 2002

18

OPPOSITION by defendant to plaintiff's motion to intervene; Notice. (hmb) (Entered: 09/24/2002)

Sept. 23, 2002

Sept. 23, 2002

20

MINUTE ORDER of 9/25/02 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : Plaintiff's reply to IPA's opposition to plaintiff's motion to intervene [19−1] and for other relief [19−2] is due 10/9/02. Motion by the law firm of Ronald L. Bell &Associates, P.C. for leave to withdraw as attorney for the defendant, International Profit Association, Inc. is granted. Mailed notice (hmb) (Entered: 09/26/2002)

Sept. 25, 2002

Sept. 25, 2002

22

MINUTE ORDER of 9/25/02 by Hon. Morton Denlow : Motion hearing held on defendant's motion for an extension of time [21−1]. Defendant's motion for an extension of time to 12/31/02 to complete fact discovery is granted [21−1]. Notices mailed by Judge's staff (hmb) (Entered: 09/26/2002)

Sept. 25, 2002

Sept. 25, 2002

23

NOTICE FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF CASE by plaintiff pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1); Notice. (hmb) (Entered: 09/27/2002)

Sept. 26, 2002

Sept. 26, 2002

25

MOTION by Intl Profit Assc Inc for leave to file a supplemental opposition to plaintiff's motion to intervene (Attachments); Notice. (hmb) (Entered: 10/08/2002)

Sept. 27, 2002

Sept. 27, 2002

24

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 5/8/02 Before the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall (hmb) (Entered: 10/03/2002)

Oct. 2, 2002

Oct. 2, 2002

26

MINUTE ORDER of 12/16/02 by Hon. Morton Denlow : Plaintiff filed a notice for voluntary dismissal of case on 9/26/02. All matters relating to the referral of this action having been resolved. the case is returned to the assigned judge. Terminating the case referral regarding [25−1] . Notices mailed by Judge's staff (hmb) (Entered: 12/17/2002)

Dec. 16, 2002

Dec. 16, 2002

SCHEDULE set on 12/17/02 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : Status hearing set to 9:30 1/9/03 . Mailed notice (mmm) (Entered: 12/17/2002)

Dec. 17, 2002

Dec. 17, 2002

SCHEDULE set on 1/9/03 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : , Status hearing held. No notice (mmm) (Entered: 01/13/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003

Jan. 9, 2003

27

MINUTE ORDER of 1/17/03 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : Rhonda Porter has voluntarily dismissed her individual action, case no. 02c2790, and now seeks leave to intervene in case no. 01c4427. Plaintiff's motion to intervene (filed in case 02c2790 [19−1] is granted. (See reverse of minute order.) Mailed notice (hmb) (Entered: 01/22/2003)

Jan. 17, 2003

Jan. 17, 2003

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): Held on 9/25/02 before Honorable Morton Denlow. (Original in case 01cv4427) (cem) (Entered: 06/11/2003)

June 10, 2003

June 10, 2003

28

MINUTE ORDER of 12/2/03 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : For the reasons stated in the attached memorandum opinion and order, defendant International Profit Associates' motion to dismiss plaintiff Rhonda Porter's complaint ([5-1] in case no. 02 C 2790) is denied. Entered Memorandum Opinion and Order. Mailed notice (aga)

Dec. 2, 2003

Dec. 2, 2003

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Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 18, 2002

Closing Date: Jan. 17, 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A female employee of International Profits Association who alleges she faced sexual harassment and discrimination

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

International Profit Associates, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit

Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit