Case: EEOC v. Jewell Events Catering

1:04-cv-07735 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Nov. 29, 2004

Closed Date: 2008

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Case Summary

In November 2004, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Wood Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Jewell Events Catering, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, she claimed that after she was subjected to unlawful sexual harassment, she complained about it and was fired. After only cursory discovery, the…

In November 2004, the EEOC district office in Chicago, Illinois brought this suit against Wood Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Jewell Events Catering, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, she claimed that after she was subjected to unlawful sexual harassment, she complained about it and was fired. After only cursory discovery, the parties settled and a consent decree was issued in June 2005.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from discriminating or retaliating on the basis of sex, post and distribute EEO notices, pay the aggrieved former employ $45,000, implement an anti-sexual harassment policy, provide its supervisors with EEO training, and submit annual compliance reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the decree ran for three years. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Summary Authors

Joel Pettit (6/21/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:04-cv-07735

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Wood Ent Inc

June 2, 2005

June 2, 2005

Docket
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1:04-cv-07735

Nature of the Action

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Wood Enterprises Inc. d/b/a Jewell Events Catering

Nov. 29, 2004

Nov. 29, 2004

Complaint
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1:04-cv-07735

Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Wood Enterprises Inc. d/b/a Jewell Events Catering

June 2, 2005

June 2, 2005

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 5, 2022, 3:20 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT; jury demand - Civil cover sheet - Appearance(s) of Nancy Dean Edmonds, Gregory M. Gochanour, Laurie A. Young, Michelle Eisele as attorney(s) for plaintiff ( No summons(es) issued.) ( Documents: 1-1 through 1-3) (vmj) (Entered: 11/30/2004)

Nov. 29, 2004

Nov. 29, 2004

SUMMONS and one copy issued as to defendant Wood Ent Inc. (vmj) (Entered: 12/06/2004)

Dec. 6, 2004

Dec. 6, 2004

SCHEDULE set on 12/28/04 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall : Status hearing set to 9:30 2/2/05. Plaintiff is directed to advise the defendants of the status hearing forthwith. Parties are directed to discuss settlement of case, consent to proceed before the Magistrate Judge and a proposed discovery plan. See Judge Gottschall's civil case management packet for important information about pretrial case management procedures. This information is also located on the court's website: http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov. Mailed notice (rj) (Entered: 12/28/2004)

Dec. 28, 2004

Dec. 28, 2004

2

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Wood Ent Inc by Kevin P. Brown, Maria E Pardo. (vmj) (Entered: 01/06/2005)

Jan. 4, 2005

Jan. 4, 2005

3

AGREED ROUTINE MOTION by defendant Wood Ent Inc for extension of time to answer or otherwise plead pursuant to Federal Rule of civil Procedure 6(b) (Attachment); Notice (ar) (Entered: 01/10/2005)

Jan. 4, 2005

Jan. 4, 2005

5

MINUTE ORDER of 1/12/05 by Hon. Joan B. Gottschall: Defendant's agreed routine motion for extension of time to answer or otherwise plead pursuant to Federal Rule of civil Procedure 6(b) by 1/26/05 is granted [3-1]. Mailed notice (vmj) (Entered: 01/13/2005)

Jan. 12, 2005

Jan. 12, 2005

6

MOTION by Defendant Wood Enterprises Inc.for more definite statement pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e) (gma, ) (Entered: 01/27/2005)

Jan. 26, 2005

Jan. 26, 2005

7

NOTICE of Motion by Kevin P. Brown for presentment of MOTION by Defendant Wood Enterprises Inc.for more definite statement pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e) 6 before Honorable Joan B. Gottschall on 2/3/2005 at 09:30 AM. (gma, ) (Entered: 01/27/2005)

Jan. 26, 2005

Jan. 26, 2005

8

MINUTE entry before Judge Joan B. Gottschall : Motion for more definite statement 6 is denied. Numerous decisions of the Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit, subsequent to the cases defendant cites, have made clear that Rule 8 requires little detail, and that the kind of information defendant seeks can be obtained through discovery. This complaint is sufficient to satisfy those standards and to permit defendant to answer or otherwise plead. Motion hearing held on 2/2/2005 regarding motion for more definite statement6. Defendant to answer or otherwise plead on or before 2/9/05. This matter is referred to Magistrate Judge Schenkier for discovery supervision and settlement conference. Notices mailed by judge's staff. (rj, ) (Entered: 02/02/2005)

Feb. 2, 2005

Feb. 2, 2005

9

MINUTE entry before Judge Sidney I. Schenkier : The presiding district judge has referred the case to this court for discovery supervision and a settlement conference. The parties are directed to conduct a Rule 26(f) planning conference on or before 2/18/05. The parties are to file a joint report of planning conference (and deliver a courtesy copy to chambers) by 2/25/05, using the format specified by the court in its standing order available on the court's website. The matter is set for a status conference on 3/2/05 at 9:00 a.m. Mailed notice (vmj, ) (Entered: 02/04/2005)

Feb. 2, 2005

Feb. 2, 2005

10

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ORDER: Case referred to magistrate judge Sidney I. Schenkierpursuant to Local 72.1 for discovery supervision and settlement conference.Signed by Judge James B. Zagel on 2/3/05. (vmj, ) (Entered: 02/07/2005)

Feb. 3, 2005

Feb. 3, 2005

11

ANSWER to Complaint by defendant Wood Enterprises Inc; Notice.(vmj, ) (Entered: 02/22/2005)

Feb. 16, 2005

Feb. 16, 2005

12

MINUTE entry before Judge Sidney I. Schenkier : Status hearing set for 3/10/2005 at 09:00 AM. A joint report of the planning conference shall be filed by the close of business on 3/8/05, with a courtesy copy delivered to chambers, room 1756. Telephone and mail notice (mmm, ) (Entered: 03/02/2005)

March 2, 2005

March 2, 2005

13

REPORT of Parties' Planning Meeting; Notice. (air, ) (Entered: 03/10/2005)

March 8, 2005

March 8, 2005

14

MINUTE entry before Judge Sidney I. Schenkier : Status hearing held and continued to 4/26/2005 at 09:00 AM. By 3/21/05, the defendant is to serve its Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures. By 3/28/05, the parties are to serve their first set of written discovery. By 10/15/05, all non-retained expert fact discovery is to be completed. The court gives the parties leave to serve a maximum of 30 interrogatories and to take a maximum of 15 depositions. Mailed notice (vmj, ) (Entered: 03/11/2005)

March 10, 2005

March 10, 2005

15

MINUTE entry before Judge Sidney I. Schenkier: Settlement Conference set for 6/1/2005 at 01:30 PM in chambers 1756. The settlement conference will be conducted in accordance with the Court's Standing Order on Instructions for Settlement Conference, which can be accessed from the Courts Website at http://10.205.15.104/JUDGE/SCHENKIER/sispage.htm. The schedule for exchange of demand and offer set forth in the standing order is as follows: plaintiff's counsel shall serve on defense counsel a written settlement demand by 5/18/05. Defendant's counsel shall serve on plaintiff's counsel a written settlement offer by 5/26/05. The plaintiff shall deliver copies of these letters to chambers by noon on 5/27/05. Parties with ultimate settlement authority must attend the conference. Mailed notice (vmj, ) (Entered: 04/29/2005)

April 28, 2005

April 28, 2005

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MINUTE entry before Judge Sidney I. Schenkier : The parties report to the Court that the case is settled. The parties are to file the appropriate settlement papers with the district judge by 6/14/05. All matters relating to the referral having been resolved, the referral is hereby terminated. Mailed notice (mmm, ) (Entered: 05/24/2005)

May 24, 2005

May 24, 2005

17

JOINT MOTION by Plaintiff, Defendant for entry of a consent decree (gma, ) (Entered: 05/24/2005)

May 24, 2005

May 24, 2005

18

NOTICE of Motion by Nancy D. Edmonds for presentment of JOINT MOTION by Plaintiff, Defendant for entry of a consent decree 17 before Honorable Joan B. Gottschall on 6/2/2005 at 09:30 AM. (gma, ) (Entered: 05/24/2005)

May 24, 2005

May 24, 2005

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MINUTE entry before Judge Joan B. Gottschall: Joint motion by Plaintiff, Defendant for entry of a consent decree 17 is granted. Enter Consent Decree. It is hereby ordered that this matter is dismissed pursuant to the terms in the agreed consent decree with each party to bear their own costs and attorney fees. Case terminated. Mailed notice (vmj, ) (Entered: 06/06/2005)

June 2, 2005

June 2, 2005

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CONSENT Decree Signed by Judge Joan B. Gottschall on 6/2/2005(vmj, ) (Entered: 06/06/2005)

June 2, 2005

June 2, 2005

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 29, 2004

Closing Date: 2008

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Wood Enterprises, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

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: 45000

Order Duration: 2005 - 2008

Content of Injunction:

Retaliation Prohibition

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Monitoring

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Recordkeeping

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

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

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits