Case: Bell v. Woodward Governor Co.; EEOC v. Woodward Governor

3:03-cv-50190 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: May 8, 2003

Closed Date: 2010

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

On May 8, 2003, a class action complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e against Defendant Woodward Governor Company, an electronics manufacturer. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that the company engaged in unlawful employment practices on the basis of race and maintained a general corporate policy of discrimination against minorities i…

On May 8, 2003, a class action complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e against Defendant Woodward Governor Company, an electronics manufacturer. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that the company engaged in unlawful employment practices on the basis of race and maintained a general corporate policy of discrimination against minorities in employment. The class plaintiffs consisted of all African American, Hispanic, and other minorities in two of the company's facilities during the applicable time period; they sought injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief.

More specifically, Plaintiffs argued that less than 3% of Defendant's employees were African American, which is a lower proportion when compared to the population in the area as well as to that of other similar employers in the region. Further, those minorities who were employed were subjected to lower wages, denied promotions, denied training, retaliation for complaining, and a generally hostile work environment filled with racial slurs and stereotypes.

A lengthy discovery battle ensued, beginning around September of 2003 and lasting until the case was resolved in 2006. Plaintiffs' complaint was amended on December 5, 2003, and again on April 26, 2004. The second amended complaint alleged additional claims of gender discrimination against Defendant under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act.

On January 3, 2005, the District Court (Judge Philip Godfrey Reinhard) certified two Plaintiff classes. The first was a "compensation class" consisting of all African American, Hispanic, and Asian employees employed by Defendant during the applicable time period. The second was an "advancement class" consisting of all African American, Hispanic, and Asian employees passed over for unposted promotions during the applicable period.

Subsequently, because these same classes of employees had simultaneously filed a complaint with the EEOC, the EEOC submitted a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on October 4, 2006. The complaint alleged the same unlawful employment practices, and also sought injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief.

After years of negotiation, the parties finally came to a settlement, which was approved by the District Court (Judge Reinhard) on October 5, 2006. The decree consolidated the initial case and the EEOC case and dismissed all claims. Further, the Plaintiff classes were re-categorized. The first class, the "Minority Class," consisted of all African American, Hispanic, and Asian employees and former employees of Defendant who worked at either of the facilities during the applicable time period. The second class was a "Gender Class," consisting of female employees or former employees meeting those same criteria.

The relief granted by the decree was extensive. First, it generally enjoined the Defendants from engaging in any discriminatory policies, practices, or retaliation as barred by Title VII. Further, a settlement fund of $4.8 million (accruing interest for a total of $5 million) for the potential class claimants was established. $2.4 million was to be allocated to the Minority Class and $2.6 million was reserved for the Gender Class. The decree additionally required Defendant to establish a discrimination complaint procedure, as well as to provide mandatory discrimination training for all of its employees and managers. The decree also assigned an industrial psychologist to conduct a thorough analysis of all of the Defendant's job positions. The psychologist was then to establish job descriptions and minimum criteria for each position, followed by a performance review system and compensation review process. Through this system, each employee was to be re-classified and put into an appropriate position. A special master was assigned to enforce the decree, and it was to remain in effect for a period of three and a half years.

The decree, however, did not end the litigation; there have been multiple motions and orders concerning the minutia of enforcing the decree. However, on February 17, 2010 the District Court (Judge Reinhard) determined that the terms of the consent decree had been met, and the case was closed.

Summary Authors

Adam Teitelbaum (3/27/2010)

People

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Judge(s)

Mahoney, P. Michael (Illinois)

Reinhard, Philip Godfrey (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Allison, Robert D. (Illinois)

Bradtke, James G. (Illinois)

Earle, Peter (Wisconsin)

Elkin, Laurie S (Illinois)

Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)

Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)

Henry, Ann M. (Illinois)

Lambert, Kelly K. (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Mahoney, P. Michael (Illinois)

Reinhard, Philip Godfrey (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Allison, Robert D. (Illinois)

Bradtke, James G. (Illinois)

Earle, Peter (Wisconsin)

Elkin, Laurie S (Illinois)

Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)

Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)

Henry, Ann M. (Illinois)

Lambert, Kelly K. (Illinois)

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Montgomery, Alex R. (Illinois)

Piers, Matthew J. (Illinois)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Schneck, Steven Paul (Illinois)

Seliger, Stephen G (Illinois)

Soule, Jennifer (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Duffee, Michael W. (Illinois)

Hurka, Thomas F. (Illinois)

Landon, Michelle Luthin (Illinois)

Lopez, Dax (Georgia)

McKellar, Michele K. (Wyoming)

O'Connell, Laura A. (Illinois)

Rafuse, Nancy E. (Georgia)

Saulter, Keenan Jakarta (Illinois)

Schlam, Lawrence (Illinois)

Turner, Daniel E. (Georgia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:06-cv-50178

Docket

EEOC v. Woodward

Feb. 12, 2007

Feb. 12, 2007

Docket

3:03-cv-50190

Docket [PACER]

Bell v. Woodward Governor Co.

Feb. 10, 2009

Feb. 10, 2009

Docket
1

3:03-cv-50190

Class Action Complaint

Bell v. Woodward Governor Co.

May 8, 2003

May 8, 2003

Complaint
101

3:03-cv-50190

Second Amended Class Action Complaint

Bell v. Woodward Governor Company

April 26, 2004

April 26, 2004

Complaint
217

3:03-cv-50190

Memorandum Opinion and Order (granting class certification)

Bell v. Woodward Governor

Jan. 3, 2005

Jan. 3, 2005

Order/Opinion
1

3:06-cv-50178

Complaint

EEOC v. Woodward Governor Company

Oct. 4, 2006

Oct. 4, 2006

Complaint
617

3:03-cv-50190

3:06-cv-50178

Consent Decree

Bell v. Woodward Governor Co.; EEOC v. Woodward Governor Co.

Oct. 5, 2006

Oct. 5, 2006

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5319713/bell-v-woodward-gov-co/

Last updated Aug. 4, 2022, 3:19 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT; jury demand - Civil cover sheet - Appearance(s) of Kelly K. Lambert, James Gerard Bradtke, Jennifer Kay Soule as attorney(s) for plaintiff Demetric Bell, plaintiff Marilyn Berry, plaintiff Catherine Brown, plaintiff Kimberly Buchanan, plaintiff Gilberto Gonzalez, plaintiff Timmy Link, plaintiff Eddie Manning Jr, plaintiff Kim Nachampassack, plaintiff Duane Parks, plaintiff Brenda Riley, plaintiff Darnel Royal, plaintiff Robin Sallis, plaintiff Velma Sanders, plaintiff Barbara - Smith, plaintiff Tony Triplett, plaintiff Janet Wilkins ( 1 summons(es) issued.) ( Documents: 1-1 through 1-3) (clb) (Entered: 05/15/2003)

May 8, 2003

May 8, 2003

PACER
2

APPLICATION for leave to appear pro hac vice for defendant by Michele K McKellar; Order entered granting leave by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney (fce) (Entered: 06/27/2003)

June 20, 2003

June 20, 2003

PACER
3

MINUTE ORDER of 6/26/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney: Defendant's motion for Michele McKellar to appear pro hac vice is granted. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 06/27/2003)

June 26, 2003

June 26, 2003

PACER
4

ANSWER by defendant to class action complaint [1-1]. (fce) (Entered: 07/14/2003)

July 14, 2003

July 14, 2003

PACER
5

MOTION by plaintiffs for leave, to add appearances of additional counsel ; Notice. (fce) (Entered: 07/18/2003)

July 18, 2003

July 18, 2003

PACER
6

PARTIES' proposed case management order by plaintiff, defendant (fce) (Entered: 07/22/2003)

July 22, 2003

July 22, 2003

PACER
7

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant by Michael W. Duffee, Michele K. McKellar, Robert E. Reuterfors. (fce) (Entered: 07/24/2003)

July 23, 2003

July 23, 2003

PACER
8

MINUTE ORDER of 7/23/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney: Initial pretrial conference held. Plaintiffs' motion for leave [5-1], to file additional appearances is granted [5-2]. Case management order approved as stated. ADR reserved. Depositions are limited to a reasonable number with the court retaining authority to set a number. Interrogatories limited to 75. All discovery as to class certification closed by 1/23/04. Motion for class certification due 2/13/04. Amendment of pleadings due 11/14/03. Discovery conference continued to 1:30 pm on 10/8/03. No notice (fce) (Entered: 07/24/2003)

July 23, 2003

July 23, 2003

PACER
9

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for Demetric Bell, Marilyn Berry, Catherine Brown, Kimberly Buchanan, Gilberto Gonzalez, Timmy Link, Eddie Manning Jr, Duane Parks, Brenda Riley, Darnel Royal, Robin Sallis, Velma Sanders, Barbara - Smith, Tony Triplett, Janet Wilkins by Stephen G. Seliger, Laurie S. Elkin, Robert D. Allison, Steven P. Schneck; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 07/28/2003)

July 28, 2003

July 28, 2003

PACER
10

UNOPPOSED MOTION by defendant for leave to file additional appearances . (fce) (Entered: 09/15/2003)

Sept. 11, 2003

Sept. 11, 2003

PACER
11

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant by Robert Michael O'Connell, Laura A. O'Connell (fce) (Entered: 09/15/2003)

Sept. 11, 2003

Sept. 11, 2003

PACER
12

MINUTE ORDER of 9/17/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney: Defendant's motion for leave to file additional appearances is granted [10-1]. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 09/17/2003)

Sept. 17, 2003

Sept. 17, 2003

PACER
13

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Woodward Gov Co by Robert M. O'Connell, Laura A. O'Connell. (fce) (Entered: 09/17/2003)

Sept. 17, 2003

Sept. 17, 2003

PACER
14

MOTION by defendant for protective order (Attachment); Notice. (fce) (Entered: 09/30/2003)

Sept. 29, 2003

Sept. 29, 2003

PACER
15

MOTION by plaintiffs' for order compelling disclosures under rule 26(a)(1) (Attachment); Notice. (fce) (Entered: 09/30/2003)

Sept. 29, 2003

Sept. 29, 2003

PACER
16

MOTION by defendant to modify case management order (Attachment); Notice. (fce) (Entered: 10/06/2003)

Oct. 6, 2003

Oct. 6, 2003

PACER
17

MOTION by defendant to limit discovery (Attachment); Notice. (fce) (Entered: 10/06/2003)

Oct. 6, 2003

Oct. 6, 2003

PACER
18

REQUEST by plaintiff for a briefing schedule with respect to defendant's motions ; Notice. (fce) (Entered: 10/07/2003)

Oct. 7, 2003

Oct. 7, 2003

PACER
19

MINUTE ORDER of 10/8/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney: Filed Parties' discovery motions [18-1], [17-1]. Answer brief to motion due 10/22/03. Reply to answer brief due 10/29/03. Discovery conference held. If a party is not going to file a brief in response or reply, it is that party's obligation, within the time frame established by this order, to so notify the court in writing. Parties are to file any Rule 37 motions 48 business hours prior to any hearing; and the court will take argument and rule at the scheduled hearing. Telephonic status hearing to set hearing date set for 11:30 a.m. on 10/9/03. No notice (fce) (Entered: 10/09/2003)

Oct. 8, 2003

Oct. 8, 2003

PACER
20

RESPONSE by defendant to plaintiffs' motion for order compelling disclosures under rule 26(a)(1) [15-1](Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 10/22/2003)

Oct. 22, 2003

Oct. 22, 2003

PACER
21

RESPONSE by plaintiffs' to motion for protective order [14-1]. (fce) Modified on 10/23/2003 (Entered: 10/23/2003)

Oct. 23, 2003

Oct. 23, 2003

PACER
22

RESPONSE by plaintiff to motion to limit discovery [17-1](Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 10/23/2003)

Oct. 23, 2003

Oct. 23, 2003

PACER
23

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff in opposition to motion to modify case management order [16-1](Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 10/23/2003)

Oct. 23, 2003

Oct. 23, 2003

PACER
24

REPLY by defendant Woodward Governor Co in support of their motion for protective order [14-1]. (fce) (Entered: 10/30/2003)

Oct. 29, 2003

Oct. 29, 2003

PACER
25

REPLY by defendant in support of their motion to modify case management order [16-1] (fce) (Entered: 10/30/2003)

Oct. 29, 2003

Oct. 29, 2003

PACER
26

REPLY by defendant in support of their motion to limit discovery [17-1] (fce) (Entered: 10/30/2003)

Oct. 29, 2003

Oct. 29, 2003

PACER
27

MINUTE ORDER of 10/30/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney: Enter stipulated protective order. Entered stipulated protective order Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 10/30/2003)

Oct. 30, 2003

Oct. 30, 2003

PACER
28

UNOPPOSED MOTION by plaintiffs' to extend case management orer . (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
29

REPORT on litigation status as of 10/31/03 by plaintiff (Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
30

MOTION by plaintiffs' to compel production of work force data (Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
31

MOTION by plaintiff to compel production of EEO-1 Reports, affirmative action plans and documents relating to OFCCP audits (Attachments). (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
32

MOTION by plaintiffs' to compel class action discovery regarding charging parties not currently named as plaintiffs (Attachments). (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
33

MOTION by plaintiffs' to compel class discovery regarding company-wide organizational charts, employment policies, practices and procedures, and job descriptions (Attachments). (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
34

MOTION by plaintiffs' to compel production of documents submitted to the EEOC (Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
35

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 10/8/03 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (fce) (Entered: 10/31/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
36

MOTION by defendant to compel more precise disclosures (Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 11/03/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

PACER
37

REQUEST by defendant for protective order and briefing schedule with respect to plaintiffs' new motions . (fce) (Entered: 11/03/2003)

Nov. 3, 2003

Nov. 3, 2003

PACER
38

OBJECTION by defendant to plaintiffs' unopposed motion to extend case management order [28-1]. (fce) (Entered: 11/04/2003)

Nov. 3, 2003

Nov. 3, 2003

PACER
39

MINUTE ORDER of 11/4/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney: Discovery conference held. Defendant's motion for protective order is moot [37-1]. Defendant's motion to compel is denied [36-1]. Defendant's motion to modify CMO is granted in part [16-1]. Defendant given 15 interrogatories per plaintiff and 20 general interrogatories. Defendant's motion to limit discovery is granted in part and denied in part [17-1]. Defendant to produce data base for the past 2 years. Plaintiff's motion to extend CMO is granted in part [28-1]. Amended complaint due 12/5/03. Plaintiff's motion to compel FRCP 26(a)(1) is moot [15-1]. Plaintiff's motion to compel production of work force data is granted in part and denied in part without prejudice as to 5 year request [30-1]. Defendant to 12/2/03 to file response for the past 2 years. Plaintiff's motion to compel organizational charts etc is granted in part [33-1]. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 11/05/2003)

Nov. 4, 2003

Nov. 4, 2003

PACER
40

MINUTE ORDER of 11/4/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Plaintiff's motion to compel production of EEO-1 Reports, is granted [31-1]. Defendants to produce material and file a privilege log by 11/25/03. Plaintiff's motion to compel production of documents submitted to the EEOC is granted [34-1]. #7 limited to named plaintiffs to be responded to be 11/25/03. Plaintiffs' motion to compel class discovery regarding charging parties is granted in part [32-1]. As to Document request #1, other than medical files to be produced by 11/25/03; #2 to be produced by 11/25/03; #3 Job descriptions to be produced since 1998 by 11/25/03; #4 defendant to provide corporate organizational structures as stated in open court by 11/25/03. As to interrogatory #2, response back to 1998 as to charging parties due 11/25/03; #3 respond by 11/25/03 back to 1998; #4 as to age and sex, objection sustained. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 11/05/2003)

Nov. 4, 2003

Nov. 4, 2003

PACER
41

MINUTE ORDER of 11/4/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney: As to interrogatory #5, Defendant may respond by production of documents back to 1998 by 11/25/03; #6 defendant to respond back to 1998 by 12/2/03. As to #12, defendant to respond by 11/25/03; #13 defendant to respond to salary comparisons by 11/25/03. Discovery conference continud to 1:30 p.m. on 12/11/03. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 11/05/2003)

Nov. 4, 2003

Nov. 4, 2003

PACER
42

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 11/4/03 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (fce) (Entered: 11/05/2003)

Nov. 5, 2003

Nov. 5, 2003

PACER
43

PRIVILEGED document log by defendant. (fce) (Entered: 11/25/2003)

Nov. 25, 2003

Nov. 25, 2003

PACER
44

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 6/20/03 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (fce) (Entered: 11/26/2003)

Nov. 26, 2003

Nov. 26, 2003

PACER
45

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 7/23/03 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (fce) (Entered: 11/26/2003)

Nov. 26, 2003

Nov. 26, 2003

PACER
46

AMENDED COMPLAINT [1-1] by plaintiff; adding Della Jarrett, Fred Wynne (Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 12/05/2003)

Dec. 5, 2003

Dec. 5, 2003

PACER
47

REPORT by plaintiffs' on litigation status as of 12/8/03. (fce) (Entered: 12/09/2003)

Dec. 9, 2003

Dec. 9, 2003

PACER
48

SUPPLEMENTAL memorandum by plaintiffs' in support of their motion to compel production of EEO-1 Reports, affirmative action plans and documents relating to OFCCP audits [31-1](Attachment). (fce) (Entered: 12/09/2003)

Dec. 9, 2003

Dec. 9, 2003

PACER
49

MOTION by plaintiffs' to enforce 11/4/03 order regarding documetn requests #1-2,7,12-13, and interrogatories #2-5 (Attachment); Notice. (fce) (Entered: 12/09/2003)

Dec. 9, 2003

Dec. 9, 2003

PACER
50

MOTION by plaintiffs' to compel discovery regarding photographs of plaintiff Darnel Royal (Attachment); Notice. (fce) (Entered: 12/09/2003)

Dec. 9, 2003

Dec. 9, 2003

PACER
51

REPORT by defendant regarding status of case. (fce) (Entered: 12/16/2003)

Dec. 16, 2003

Dec. 16, 2003

PACER
52

MINUTE ORDER of 12/17/03 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Plaintiff's three pending motions filed. Answer brief to motion due 1/13/04. Reply to answer brief due 1/20/04. Ruling on plaintiff's three pending motions will be by mail. Status hearing held. If a party is not going to file a brief in response or reply, it is that party's obligation, within the time frame established by this order, to so notify the court in writing. Defendants given to 1/14/04 to respond to amended complaint. The court will set a date for class certification motion on 1/22/04 at 1:30 pm. Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 12/18/2003)

Dec. 17, 2003

Dec. 17, 2003

PACER
53

MOTION by Woodward Gov Co for additional time to respond to plaintiff's first amended complaint ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/12/2004)

Jan. 12, 2004

Jan. 12, 2004

PACER
54

MOTION by Woodward Gov Co to compel the deposition of plaintiff, Darnell Royal (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 01/13/2004)

Jan. 12, 2004

Jan. 12, 2004

PACER
55

OPPOSITION by Woodward Gov Co to production of EEO-1 reports, affirmative actions plans and OFCCP audit documents, motion for protective order and brief in support of self-critial analysis privilege ; (Exhibits) (jmm (Entered: 01/14/2004)

Jan. 13, 2004

Jan. 13, 2004

PACER
56

OPPOSITION by Woodward Gov Co to motion to compel discovery regarding photographs of plaintiff Darnel Royal [50-1] and motion to enforce 11/4/03 order and [49-1] for a protective order (jmm (Entered: 01/14/2004)

Jan. 13, 2004

Jan. 13, 2004

PACER
57

RESPONSE by plaintiff to defendant's motion to compel the deposition of plaintiff, Darnell Royal [54-1] ; (Attachments) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/14/2004)

Jan. 14, 2004

Jan. 14, 2004

PACER
58

MINUTE ORDER of 1/14/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Defendant's motion to compel the deposition of Darnell Royal is granted [54-1] in part. Depositions of Royal and Gonzalez to be held on 1/30/04 at 9:30 as stated in open court. No notices required, advised in open court. (jmm (Entered: 01/15/2004)

Jan. 14, 2004

Jan. 14, 2004

PACER
59

REPLY Memorandum by plaintiff in support of motion to compel discovery regarding photographs of plaintiff Darnel Royal [50-1] ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/20/2004)

Jan. 20, 2004

Jan. 20, 2004

PACER
60

REPLY Memorandum by plaintiff in support of motion to enforce 11/4/03 order regarding document requests #1-2,7,12-13, and interrogatories #2-5 [49-1] ; (Attachment) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/20/2004)

Jan. 20, 2004

Jan. 20, 2004

PACER
61

REPORT by plaintiff on litigation status as of 1/22/04 ; (Attachment) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/20/2004)

Jan. 20, 2004

Jan. 20, 2004

PACER
62

REPLY Brief by plaintiff in support of motion to compal production of EEO-1 reports, affirmative action plans and OFCCP audits ; (Attachments) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/20/2004)

Jan. 20, 2004

Jan. 20, 2004

PACER
63

MOTION by Woodward Gov Co to permit class discovery in accord with amended Rule 23 and Seventh Circuit case law ; Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 01/20/2004)

Jan. 20, 2004

Jan. 20, 2004

PACER
64

ANSWER by Woodward Gov Co and affirmative defenses to plaintiffs' first amended class action complaint [46-1] ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/21/2004)

Jan. 21, 2004

Jan. 21, 2004

PACER
65

MOTION by Woodward Gov Co to dismiss, transfer, or stay claims of Fred Wynne based on improper venue (Exhibits); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 01/21/2004)

Jan. 21, 2004

Jan. 21, 2004

PACER
66

RESPONSE by plaintiffs to defendant's "motion to permit class discovery in accord with amended Rule 23 and Seventh Circuit case law" [63-1] ; (Attachments) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/22/2004)

Jan. 22, 2004

Jan. 22, 2004

PACER
67

MINUTE ORDER of 1/22/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Defendant's motion to dismiss, transfer or stay claims of Fred Wynne filed. Answer brief to motion due 2/12/04. Reply to answer brief due 2/19/04. Ruling on defendant's motion to dismiss, transfer or stay claims of Fred Wynne will be by mail. Discovery conference held. If a party is not going to file a brief in response or reply, it is that party's obligation, within the time frame established by this order, to so notify the court in writing. Plaintiff's motion to enforce 11/4/03 order is withdrawn [49-1] without prejudice. Plaintiff's motion to compel is withdrawn [50-1] without prejudice based upon representations made in open court. Plaintiff's motion to extend is granted. Fact discovery cutoff as to class certification closed 4/30/04. Class certification motion due 5/14/04. Defendant's motion to permit class discovery is granted [63-1] in part and denied in part. Discovery conference continued to 2/26/04 at 1:30 pm. Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 01/22/2004)

Jan. 22, 2004

Jan. 22, 2004

PACER
68

MINUTE ORDER of 1/26/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : For the reasons stated on the attached Memorandum Opinion and Order, plaintiff's motion to compel reports is granted. Defendant is ordered to procude the material within 14 days of this order. (For further detail see order attached to the original minute order.) Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 01/26/2004)

Jan. 26, 2004

Jan. 26, 2004

RECAP
69

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 1/14/04 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (jmm (Entered: 01/27/2004)

Jan. 27, 2004

Jan. 27, 2004

PACER
70

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 1/22/04 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (jmm (Entered: 01/27/2004)

Jan. 27, 2004

Jan. 27, 2004

PACER
71

UNOPPOSED MOTION by Woodward Gov Co for additional time to reply in support of its motion to dismiss, transfer or stay claims of Fred Wynne ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 01/27/2004)

Jan. 27, 2004

Jan. 27, 2004

PACER
72

MOTION by plaintiffs to compel compliance with deposition schedule (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 02/03/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
73

OPPOSITION by Woodward Gov Co to motion to compel compliance with deposition schedule ; (Attachments) (jmm (Entered: 02/05/2004)

Feb. 5, 2004

Feb. 5, 2004

PACER
74

MINUTE ORDER of 2/6/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Plaintiff's motion to compel compliance with deposition schedule is granted [72-1] in part and denied in part. Parties to schedule depositions as stated on the record. Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004

PACER
75

MINUTE ORDER of 2/10/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Defendant's unopposed motion for additional time to 2/26/04 to reply in support of motion to dismiss is granted [71-1]. Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 02/10/2004)

Feb. 10, 2004

Feb. 10, 2004

PACER
76

RESPONSE by plaintiffs to defendant's motion to dismiss [65-1], transfer [65-2], or stay claims of Fred Wynne [65-3] ; (Attachments) ; Notice of filing ; (one attachment FILED UNDER SEAL) (jmm (Entered: 02/12/2004)

Feb. 12, 2004

Feb. 12, 2004

PACER
77

MOTION by plaintiffs to extend date to add parties or claims ; Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 02/17/2004)

Feb. 13, 2004

Feb. 13, 2004

PACER
78

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 2/06/04 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (jmm (Entered: 02/20/2004)

Feb. 20, 2004

Feb. 20, 2004

PACER
79

REPORT by plaintiff on litigation status as of 2/23/04 ; (Attachment) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 02/24/2004)

Feb. 24, 2004

Feb. 24, 2004

PACER
80

MOTION by plaintiffs to compel production of data redacted from employee work force data base (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 02/24/2004)

Feb. 24, 2004

Feb. 24, 2004

PACER
81

MOTION by plaintiffs to quash and objections to subpoenas duces tecum served by defendant (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 02/24/2004)

Feb. 24, 2004

Feb. 24, 2004

PACER
82

MOTION by Woodward Gov Co to dismiss plaintiff's unripe claims, or to require plaintiffs to add parties and claims now, or to stay discovery until plaintiffs and their claims are identified (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 02/25/2004)

Feb. 24, 2004

Feb. 24, 2004

PACER
83

STATUS REPORT by Woodward Gov Co for 2/26/04 discovery conference ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 02/25/2004)

Feb. 25, 2004

Feb. 25, 2004

PACER
84

REPLY by Woodward Gov Co in support of its motion to dismiss [65-1], transfer or stay claims of Fred Wynne based on improper venue ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 02/26/2004)

Feb. 26, 2004

Feb. 26, 2004

PACER
85

MINUTE ORDER of 2/26/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Plaintiff's motion to compel production of data redacted from data base filed. Brief in support of motion due 3/04/04. Answer brief to motion due 3/11/04. Ruling on plaintiff's motion to compel production of data redacted from data base will be by mail. Discovery conference held. Magistrate Judge will rule. Plaintiff's motion to quash and objections is denied without prejudice as premature. Parties to hold FRCP 37.2 conference by 3/04/04. Plaintiff's motion to extend date to add parties or claims to 4/26/04 is granted [77-1]. Defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's unripe claims is granted [82-1] in part as stated in open court. Discovery conference continued to 3/22/04 at 1:30 pm. Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 02/26/2004)

Feb. 26, 2004

Feb. 26, 2004

PACER
86

RESPONSE by Woodward Gov Co to plaintiffs' 3/04/04 correspondence to the court ; (Attachments) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 03/12/2004)

March 11, 2004

March 11, 2004

PACER
87

MINUTE ORDER of 3/17/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Based on the material submitted to this court by Plaintiffs' expert, and the representations made by Plaintiffs' expert in the material, this court grants Plaintiffs' Motion to Compal Production of Data Redacted from Employee Work Force Data. Defendant is ordered to produce the gender and age information from its work force data to Plaintiffs within a reasonable time. The material submitted to this court by Plaintiffs' expert will be returned to Plaintiffs' counsel. Plaintiffs' counsel is ordered to preserve the material. Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 03/17/2004)

March 17, 2004

March 17, 2004

PACER
88

MOTION by plaintiffs to compel the depositions of James Halbrook and Thomas Gendron (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 03/18/2004)

March 18, 2004

March 18, 2004

PACER
89

MOTION by Woodward Gov Co for protective order, and to quash deposition notices for Woodward Governor's CEO and President (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 03/18/2004)

March 18, 2004

March 18, 2004

PACER
90

MOTION by plaintiff to compel the scheduling of depositions within the period for class discovery (Attachments); Notice of motion (jmm (Entered: 03/19/2004)

March 19, 2004

March 19, 2004

PACER
91

REPORT by plaintiffs on litigation status as of 3/18/04 ; (Attachments) ; (Notice of filing) (jmm (Entered: 03/19/2004)

March 19, 2004

March 19, 2004

PACER
92

STATUS REPORT by Woodward Gov Co for 3/22/04 discovery conference (jmm (Entered: 03/22/2004)

March 19, 2004

March 19, 2004

PACER
93

RESPONSE by plaintiffs to defendant's motion for protective order [89-1] regarding depositions of John Halbrook and Thomas Gendron ; (Attachments) ; Notice of filing (jmm (Entered: 03/22/2004)

March 22, 2004

March 22, 2004

PACER
94

MINUTE ORDER of 3/22/04 by Hon. P. Michael Mahoney : Discovery conference held. Plaintiff's motion to compel the scheduling of depositions [90-1] is moot. Plaintiff's motion to compel the depositions of Halbrook and Gendron is denied [88-1] without prejudice. Defendant's motion for protective order [89-1] and to quash is denied [89-2] as stated in open court. Discovery conference continued to 5/11/04 at 1:30 pm. Mailed notice (jmm (Entered: 03/23/2004)

March 22, 2004

March 22, 2004

PACER
95

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 2/26/04 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (jmm (Entered: 03/23/2004)

March 23, 2004

March 23, 2004

PACER
96

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 3/22/04 Before Honorable P. Michael Mahoney (jmm (Entered: 03/23/2004)

March 23, 2004

March 23, 2004

PACER
97

OBJECTIONS by Woodward Gov Co to Magistrate Judge's Order [87-1] (attachments); notice of filing (jat) Modified on 03/31/2004 (Entered: 03/31/2004)

March 30, 2004

March 30, 2004

PACER
98

RESPONSE by plaintiffs to defendant's objections to magistrate judge's order [97-1] (attachments); notice of filing (jat) Modified on 04/08/2004 (Entered: 04/08/2004)

April 7, 2004

April 7, 2004

PACER
99

LETTER from Jennifer Soule (jmm (Entered: 04/12/2004)

April 9, 2004

April 9, 2004

PACER
100

MINUTE ORDER of 4/12/04 by Hon. Philip G. Reinhard: Defendant's motion to dismiss [65-1], stay [65-3] or transfer [65-2] the claims of Fred Wynne based on improper venue is denied without prejudice as premature. Motion is premised on defendant's argument that venue for Wynn's Title VII claim is not proper in this court and that venue for Title VII claims (42 USC, section 2000e-5 (f)(3)) controls even if venue for Wynne's section 1981 claim is proper here. However, Wynne does not have a pending Title VII claim in this court. Defendant may renew the motion if Wynne brings a Title VII claim. mailed notice (jat) (Entered: 04/13/2004)

April 12, 2004

April 12, 2004

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 8, 2003

Closing Date: 2010

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All African American, Hispanic, Asian and female employees who worked at the Rockford or Rockville, Illinois facilities on or anytime after May 8, 1999 through the preliminary approval date.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Woodward Governor Co., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

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

Amount Defendant Pays: $4,800,000

Order Duration: 2006 - 2010

Content of Injunction:

Monitoring

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Monitor/Master

Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Discrimination Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria

Utilize objective job description

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Pay / Benefits

Promotion

Training

Discrimination-basis:

National origin discrimination

Race discrimination

Sex discrimination

Race:

Asian/Pacific Islander

Black

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Hispanic