Case: Bolden v. Walsh Group

1:06-cv-04104 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: July 28, 2006

Closed Date: Dec. 12, 2013

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Case Summary

On July 28th, 2006 twelve black former employees of or applicants to the Walsh Group filed a class action complaint against the company in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged a variety of discriminatory practices against black employees and applicants. These included systematically laying off black employees while retaining non-black employees, refusing to hire black applicants, giving less desirable and more dangerous assignments to black employees…

On July 28th, 2006 twelve black former employees of or applicants to the Walsh Group filed a class action complaint against the company in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged a variety of discriminatory practices against black employees and applicants. These included systematically laying off black employees while retaining non-black employees, refusing to hire black applicants, giving less desirable and more dangerous assignments to black employees, and fostering a hostile work environment.

The plaintiffs are seeking a declaratory judgment, monetary damages for back pay, fees and costs, injunctive relief requiring the Walsh Group to cease its illegal practices, and orders requiring the Walsh Group to institute a selection procedure to prevent future discrimination and place the individual plaintiffs in the positions they had sought.

On March 30, 2012, Judge entered an order regarding the class certification. The plaintiffs' class certification is granted in part and denied in part. Plaintiffs sought to certify the following classes: (1) "Hostile Work Environment Class" (2) “Hire, Re-Hire and Promotion Class,” (3) “Work Hours and Compensation Class” and (4) “Layoff and Termination Class”. The court examined four classes respective against two legal standard set out in Federal Civil Procedure 23(a) and 23(b). The court concluded that it would certify the hostile work environment class and the disparate impact class, but denied other two classes for failing to satisfy the legal requirements.

On November 27th, 2012, with the agreement of both parties, the case was referred to a magistrate judge for a settlement conference. On December 12th, 2013, parties report to the court that the case has settled and the court granted the joint motion to dismiss the case.

Summary Authors

Michael Perry (6/25/2010)

Sihang Zhang (11/2/2016)

People

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Judge(s)

Lefkow, Joan Humphrey (Illinois)

Valdez, Maria G. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Caron, Alexander Helme (Illinois)

Chavez, Kathleen Currie (Illinois)

Childs, Robert F. Jr. (Alabama)

Currie, Peter Lawrence (Illinois)

Dravillas, Alexios James (Illinois)

Foote, Robert M. (Illinois)

Gill, Adam L. (Illinois)

Goldfarb, Jon Craig (Alabama)

Judge(s)

Lefkow, Joan Humphrey (Illinois)

Valdez, Maria G. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Caron, Alexander Helme (Illinois)

Chavez, Kathleen Currie (Illinois)

Childs, Robert F. Jr. (Alabama)

Currie, Peter Lawrence (Illinois)

Dravillas, Alexios James (Illinois)

Foote, Robert M. (Illinois)

Gill, Adam L. (Illinois)

Goldfarb, Jon Craig (Alabama)

Herman, Matthew J. (Illinois)

Ireland, John Craig (Illinois)

Johnson, Herman N. Jr. (Alabama)

Maduff, Aaron Benjamin (Illinois)

Weiner, Maury S. (Alabama)

Wong, Michael D (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Delaney, Aimee Elizabeth (Illinois)

Gilbert, Scott M. (Illinois)

Luetkemeyer, Tom H. (Illinois)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Dec. 12, 2013 Docket
1

Class Action Complaint

July 28, 2006 Complaint
180

Opinion and Order

282 F.R.D. 169

March 30, 2012 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5571024/bolden-v-walsh-group/

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
178

OPINION AND ORDER Signed by the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow on 3/30/2012:Mailed notice(mad, )

March 30, 2012 RECAP
180

OPINION AND ORDER Signed by the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow on 3/30/2012:Mailed notice(mad, )

March 30, 2012 RECAP

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 28, 2006

Closing Date: Dec. 12, 2013

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Twelve black former employees of or applicants to the Walsh Group

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Pending

Defendants

Walsh Group (Chicago, Cook), 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

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Hiring

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

Pay / Benefits

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black