Case: EEOC v. MID-CONTINENT SECURITY AGENCY, INC.

1:99-cv-05381 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Aug. 17, 1999

Closed Date: Oct. 25, 2001

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Case Summary

In August 1999, the EEOC's Chicago District Office brought this suit against Mid-Continent Security Agency, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We do not have a copy of the complaint; thus, the exact allegations involved are unknown. After an unsuccessful settlement conference in October 1999 and a failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant in December 2000, the case went to trial in April 2001, where a jury found for the EEOC. The judgment required the defendant to pay: $961.50 for back pay, $187.50 for compensatory damages, and $184,000 for punitive damages. In July 2001, the defendant's motion to alter the judgment was granted, and the court lowered the amount of punitive damages to $50,000 which the plaintiff accepted. In August 2001, the defendant filed an appeal which was dismissed in October 2001.

Summary Authors

Michele Marxkors (5/30/2007)

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Document

1:99-cv-05381

Docket (PACER)

Nov. 14, 2001

Nov. 14, 2001

Docket
60

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Judgment in a Civil Case

July 12, 2001

July 12, 2001

Order/Opinion
64

1:99-cv-05381

Notice of Appeal

Aug. 13, 2001

Aug. 13, 2001

Notice Letter

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Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5128004/eeoc-v-mid-continent-sec/

Last updated Aug. 1, 2022, 3:15 a.m.

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23

MINUTE ORDER of 12/4/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Mid-Continent's motion for summary judgment [13-1] is denied. The case is set for a status hearing on 12/12/00 at 9:30 a.m. for the purpose of setting a trial date. Entered Memorandum Opinion and Order. Mailed notice (yap)

Dec. 4, 2000

Dec. 4, 2000

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1

COMPLAINT; jury demand - Civil cover sheet - Appearance(s) of John C. Hendrickson, Ines M. Monte, Jose Jorge Behar as attorney(s) for plaintiff ( One (l) summons(es) issued.) ( Documents: 1-1 thorugh 1-3) (mak) (Entered: 08/19/1999)

Aug. 17, 1999

Aug. 17, 1999

2

MOTION by plaintiff to expedite discovery ; Memorandum in support of plaintiff's motion to expedite discovery; Notice. (mak) (Entered: 08/20/1999)

Aug. 19, 1999

Aug. 19, 1999

3

MINUTE ORDER of 8/19/99 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Motion to expedite discovery is granted [2-1] for the reasons stated in open court. All written discovery to be completed by 09/07/99. Court directs the deposition of Mr. Campbell be completed on or before 09/15/99. Status hearing set to 9:30 a.m. 9/21/99. Mailed notice (mak) (Entered: 08/20/1999)

Aug. 19, 1999

Aug. 19, 1999

4

FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT [1-1] by plaintiff; jury demand. Notice (dj) Modified on 08/25/1999 (Entered: 08/25/1999)

Aug. 24, 1999

Aug. 24, 1999

5

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant by Daniel J. Pierce; Notice (dj) (Entered: 09/21/1999)

Sept. 20, 1999

Sept. 20, 1999

SCHEDULE set on 9/21/99 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Status hearing held. Settlement conference set for 1:00 10/1/99 . Mailed notice (or) (Entered: 09/21/1999)

Sept. 21, 1999

Sept. 21, 1999

6

ANSWER by defendant to plaintiff's complaint [1-1]; Notice (yap) (Entered: 09/30/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999

Sept. 29, 1999

SCHEDULE set on 10/1/99 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Settlement conference held with party representatives present. Case not settled. Case set for status on 12/1/99 at 9:30 a.m. Estimated 2-3 day Jury trial set to 10:00a.m. on 1/17/00 Mailed notice (or) (Entered: 10/02/1999)

Oct. 1, 1999

Oct. 1, 1999

SCHEDULE set on 11/29/99 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Noticed motion set for 9:30 12/1/99 No notice (or) (Entered: 11/29/1999)

Nov. 29, 1999

Nov. 29, 1999

7

MOTION by defendant to continue 1/17/00 trial date. ; Notice (dj) (Entered: 12/06/1999)

Nov. 29, 1999

Nov. 29, 1999

8

MINUTE ORDER of 12/1/99 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Defendant's motion to continue 1/17/00 trial date is granted. [7-1] Three-day jury trial reset to 4/17/00 at 10:00am. Discovery deadline set to 2/29/00. Pretrial order due 3/31/00. Pretrial conference set to 4/13/00 at 4:00pm. Status hearing held and continued to 9:30am on 2/29/00 . Mailed notice (dj) (Entered: 12/06/1999)

Dec. 1, 1999

Dec. 1, 1999

9

MOTION by plaintiff for an order compelling defendant to respond to interrogatories and document requests (Attachments); Notice (las) (Entered: 03/02/2000)

Feb. 28, 2000

Feb. 28, 2000

10

MINUTE ORDER of 2/29/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Plaintiff's motion to compel is granted, with compliance on or before 3/14/00. [9-1] Status hearing held and continued to 9:30 a.m. on 3/16/00 for filing of summary judgment motion. Mailed notice. (las) (Entered: 03/02/2000)

Feb. 29, 2000

Feb. 29, 2000

SCHEDULE set on 3/16/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Status hearing held. No other date set at this time. No notice (or) (Entered: 03/16/2000)

March 16, 2000

March 16, 2000

11

MOTION by defendant to extend time to file motion for summary judgment ; Notice (las) (Entered: 03/24/2000)

March 17, 2000

March 17, 2000

12

MINUTE ORDER of 3/23/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Defendant's motion for extension of time for the filing of defendant's motion for summary judgment to 4/28/00 is granted [11-1]. Status hearing set for 9:30 a.m. on 4/28/00. Dates set for filing of pretrial trial order, and dates set for the pretrial conference and trial are vacated. Mailed notice. (las) (Entered: 03/24/2000)

March 23, 2000

March 23, 2000

13

MOTION by defendant for summary judgment ; Memorandum in support; Local Rule 56.1(a)(3) statement of material facts (Attachments); Notice (fce) (Entered: 05/01/2000)

April 28, 2000

April 28, 2000

14

MINUTE ORDER of 5/2/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Plaintiff's response to defendant's motion for summary judgment [13-1] is due 5/26/00. Reply brief due 6/9/00. Ruling by mail. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 05/04/2000)

May 2, 2000

May 2, 2000

15

MOTION by plaintiff for leave to file instanter, a memorandum in opposition to defendant's motion for summary judgment in excess of 15 pages ; Notice (dj) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

May 26, 2000

May 26, 2000

16

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff in opposition to defendant's motion for summary judgment [13-1]; Notice (dj) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

June 1, 2000

June 1, 2000

17

APPENDIX of exhibits filed by plaintiff in opposition to defendant's motion for summary judgment. [13-1] (dj) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

June 1, 2000

June 1, 2000

18

MINUTE ORDER of 6/1/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Plaintiff's motion for leave to file instanter, a memorandum in opposition to defendant's motion for summary judgment in excess of 15 pages is granted. [15-1] No notice (dj) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

June 1, 2000

June 1, 2000

19

MINUTE ORDER of 6/1/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Plaintiff's motion for sanctions is denied without prejudice. Based on the court's review of plaintiff's response to defendant's motion for summary judgment, it appears to the court that plaintiff has obtained discovery sufficient to address the issues that the motion for sanctions concerns. The court will revisit this ruling if necessary in the course of considering the merits of defendant's motion for summary judgment. Mailed notice (dj) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

June 1, 2000

June 1, 2000

21

MINUTE ORDER of 6/14/00 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Defendant's agreed motion for extension of time to file response and defendant's response to plaintiff's Rule 56.1(b)(3) statement of additional material facts is granted [20-1][20-2]. Mailed notice (rmm) (Entered: 06/15/2000)

June 14, 2000

June 14, 2000

22

REPLY brief by defendant Mid-Continent Sec in support of motion for summary judgment [13-1] (Attachments); Notice. (amb) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 23, 2000

June 23, 2000

24

MOTION by defendant in limine to bar evidence of Utility cut-off or disconnection at Mr. Campbell's residence. (ac) (Entered: 03/13/2001)

March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

25

MOTION by defendant in limine to bar argument or a request for punitive damages since defendant terminated operations in or about July, 2000. (ac) (Entered: 03/13/2001)

March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

26

MOTION by defendant in limine to bar argument in opening statement on any aspect of punitive damages. (ac) (Entered: 03/13/2001)

March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

27

MOTION by defendant in limine to bar testimony on Mr. Campbell's terminal status and ultimate death. (ac) (Entered: 03/13/2001)

March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

28

MOTION by defendant in limine to bar introduction of or testimony relating to the net worth or financial condition of defendant ; Notice. (ac) Modified on 03/14/2001 (Entered: 03/13/2001)

March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

33

MOTION by plaintiff in limine barring defendant from introducing evidence or arguments related to Samuel Campbell's character , in limine barring defendant from introducing evidence that is inconsistent with its responses to interrogatories and requests for admissions , in limine barring defendant from introducing evidence or raising any argument related to any affirmative defense never previously pled, including that Samuel Campbell failed to mitigate his damages , in limine barring defendant from arguing or submitting evidence that it did not discriminate against Campbell because it hired other individuals with disabilities , in limine barring defendant from presenting evidence or arguments regarding the plaintiff's statutory caps on recovery of compensatory and punitive damages and in limine barring defendant from presenting evidence regarding the death of Sergeant Charles McGhee Memorandum in Support; Notice (yap) Modified on 03/21/2001 (Entered: 03/21/2001)

March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

29

LIST OF motions in limine by defendant; Notice (yap) (Entered: 03/20/2001)

March 19, 2001

March 19, 2001

31

RESPONSE by plaintiff to defendant's motions in limine [28-1], [27-1], [26-1], [25-1] and [24-1]; Notice (yap) (Entered: 03/20/2001)

March 19, 2001

March 19, 2001

32

OBJECTIONS by defendant to plaintiff's motion in limine; Notice (yap) (Entered: 03/20/2001)

March 19, 2001

March 19, 2001

34

JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by defendant; Notice (yap) (Entered: 03/21/2001)

March 19, 2001

March 19, 2001

35

MINUTE ORDER of 3/20/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: For the reasons stated on the reverse of this order, defendant's motion in limine to bar argument or a request for punitive damages [25-1], its motion to bar argument in opening statement regarding punitive damages [26-1], its motion in limine to bar introduction of evidence concerning its financial condition [28-1], its motion to bar evidence concerning the terminal status and eventual death of Joseph Campbell [27-1] and its motion to preclude evidence that Campbells' utilities were disconnected [24-1] are denied. (See reverse of minute order.) No notice (yap) (Entered: 03/21/2001)

March 20, 2001

March 20, 2001

36

MINUTE ORDER of 3/20/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: For the reasons staed on the reverse side of this order, plaintiff's motion to bar evidence that is inconsistent with defendant's discovery responses [33-2], and its motion to bar evidence or argument regarding statutory caps [33-5] are granted. Plaintiff's motion to bar evidence relating to Samuel Campbell's character [33-1], and its motion to bar evidence or argument related to affirmative defense not previously pleaded [33-3] are granted in part and denied in part. Plaintiff's motion to bar evidence that defendant hired other individuals with disabilities [33-4] and its motion to bar evidence concerning the death of Charles McGhee [33-6] are denied. (See reverse of minute order.) No notice (yap) (Entered: 03/21/2001)

March 20, 2001

March 20, 2001

37

MINUTE ORDER of 3/20/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Final pretrial conference held. The reverse side of this order contains the court's rulings on the parties' objections to exhibits. (See reverse of minute order.) Mailed notices by judge's staff (yap) (Entered: 03/22/2001)

March 20, 2001

March 20, 2001

38

MINUTE ORDER of 3/20/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: The reverse side of this order contains the court's rulings on the parties' objections concerning the deposition of Samuel Campbell. (See reverse of minute order.) Mailed notice (yap) Modified on 03/22/2001 (Entered: 03/22/2001)

March 20, 2001

March 20, 2001

39

MINUTE ORDER of 3/22/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Entered Final Pretrial Order (Attachments) No notice (yap) (Entered: 03/23/2001)

March 22, 2001

March 22, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 4/2/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Trial begins-Jury. Trial continued to 4/3/01 at 10:00 a.m. No notice (or) (Entered: 04/02/2001)

April 2, 2001

April 2, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 4/3/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Jury trial held and continued to 10:00 4/4/01 . No notice (or) (Entered: 04/03/2001)

April 3, 2001

April 3, 2001

40

COURT'S PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS (yap) (Entered: 04/04/2001)

April 3, 2001

April 3, 2001

41

JURY INSTRUCTIONS given by the court (yap) (Entered: 04/09/2001)

April 3, 2001

April 3, 2001

43

VERDICT form for plaintiff against defendant (yap) (Entered: 04/09/2001)

April 5, 2001

April 5, 2001

44

MINUTE ORDER of 4/5/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Trial ends-jury. Enter judgment by verdict in favor of plaintiff and against defendant in the amount of $961.50 for back pay; $187.50 in compensatory damages; $184,000 in punitive damages. , terminating case Mailed notice (yap) (Entered: 04/09/2001)

April 5, 2001

April 5, 2001

45

ENTERED JUDGMENT (yap) (Entered: 04/09/2001)

April 5, 2001

April 5, 2001

46

MINUTE ORDER of 4/6/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly : Nunc Pro Tunc 04/03/01: Based on the Court's ruling on objections at the final pretrial conference, plaintiff's exhibits 1-8 are admitted in evidence, and defendant's exhibits 1-17, 19, 22-25 and 31 are admitted in evidence. Mailed notice (ar) (Entered: 04/17/2001)

April 6, 2001

April 6, 2001

47

MOTION by defendant pursuant to Rule 50(b) for judgment as a matter of law or in the alternative, for remittitur of the punitive damages award ; Notice (yap) (Entered: 05/03/2001)

April 17, 2001

April 17, 2001

48

MOTION by defendant pursuant to Rule 59(e) to alter or amend the judgment order (Attachments) (yap) (Entered: 05/03/2001)

April 17, 2001

April 17, 2001

50

MOTION by plaintiff for extension of time to respond to defendant's Rule 50(b) and Rule 56(e) motions ; Notice (yap) (Entered: 05/07/2001)

April 23, 2001

April 23, 2001

49

MINUTE ORDER of 5/2/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Response to defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law [47-1] and remittitur of the punitive damages award [47-2] is due 5/8/01; reply brief is due 5/15/01. Ruling to be made by mail. Mailed notice (yap) (Entered: 05/03/2001)

May 2, 2001

May 2, 2001

51

MINUTE ORDER of 5/4/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Plaintiff's motion for extension of time to respond to defendant's Rule 50(b) and Rule 56(e) motions [50-1] is granted. Response is due 5/29/01 [48-1] [47-1] [47-2]; reply is due 6/5/01. Ruling to be made by mail. Mailed notice (yap) (Entered: 05/07/2001)

May 4, 2001

May 4, 2001

52

MOTION by plaintiff for leave to file memorandum in excess of fifteen pages instanter ; Notice (yap) (Entered: 06/08/2001)

May 29, 2001

May 29, 2001

54

RESPONSE by plaintiff to defendant's motion pursuant to Rule 59(e) to alter or amend the judgment order [48-1]; Table of contents (yap) (Entered: 06/08/2001)

May 29, 2001

May 29, 2001

55

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff in opposition to defendant's Rule 50(b) for judgment as a matter of law [47-1] or, in the alternative, for remittitur of the punitive damages award [47-2] (Attachment) (yap) (Entered: 06/08/2001)

June 5, 2001

June 5, 2001

53

MINUTE ORDER of 6/7/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: EEOC's motion for leave to file memorandum in excess of fifteen pages instanter [52-1] is granted. No notice (yap) (Entered: 06/08/2001)

June 7, 2001

June 7, 2001

56

POINTS and authority by defendant; Notice (yap) (Entered: 06/13/2001)

June 13, 2001

June 13, 2001

57

REPLY by defendant regarding its Rule 59(e) motion to alter or amend the judgment order [48-1] (yap) (Entered: 06/13/2001)

June 13, 2001

June 13, 2001

60

ENTERED JUDGMENT (yap) (Entered: 07/12/2001)

July 11, 2001

July 11, 2001

61

NOTICE by plaintiff of acceptance (yap) (Entered: 07/31/2001)

July 30, 2001

July 30, 2001

62

MINUTE ORDER of 7/31/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: In light of plaintiff's acceptance of the court's remittitur of the punitive damages award, defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law, insofar as it sought a new trial, is denied. The judgment is amended to reflect that the amount of punitive damages is $50,000 rather than the $184,000 awarded by the jury. Mailed notice (vmj) (Entered: 08/03/2001)

July 31, 2001

July 31, 2001

63

ENTERED JUDGMENT. (vmj) (Entered: 08/03/2001)

July 31, 2001

July 31, 2001

64

NOTICE OF APPEAL by defendant from motion minute order [59-2], from Scheduling order Entered Memorandum Opinion and Order. [59-1], from judgment entered [60-1], motion minute order [62-1] from motion minute order [62-1], and from judgment entered [63-1] ( $105.00 Paid) (dj) (Entered: 08/13/2001)

Aug. 10, 2001

Aug. 10, 2001

65

DOCKETING STATEMENT by defendant regarding appeal [64-1] . (dj) (Entered: 08/13/2001)

Aug. 10, 2001

Aug. 10, 2001

TRANSMITTED to the 7th Circuit the short record on appeal [64-1] . Mailed notice to all counsel. (dj) (Entered: 08/13/2001)

Aug. 13, 2001

Aug. 13, 2001

66

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of receipt of short record on appeal [64-1] USCA 01-3103 (eav) (Entered: 08/17/2001)

Aug. 15, 2001

Aug. 15, 2001

67

SEVENTH CIRCUIT transcript information sheet; Notice (yap) (Entered: 08/20/2001)

Aug. 17, 2001

Aug. 17, 2001

68

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 4/2/01, 4/3/01, 4/4/01 and 4/5/01 appeal [64-1] Before Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly (4 vols: 68-1 through 68-4) (yap) (Entered: 08/20/2001)

Aug. 20, 2001

Aug. 20, 2001

69

EXHIBITS 1 through 20 by defendant (dj) (Entered: 08/23/2001)

Aug. 23, 2001

Aug. 23, 2001

70

EXHIBITS 1 through 5 by plaintiff (dj) (Entered: 08/23/2001)

Aug. 23, 2001

Aug. 23, 2001

71

CERTIFIED COPY of order from the 7th Circuit: appeal dismissed [64-1] . ( 01-3103) (Attachment) (yap) (Entered: 10/29/2001)

Oct. 25, 2001

Oct. 25, 2001

72

LETTER from the 7th Circuit returning the record on appeal no. 01-3103 consisting of 1 volume of pleadings, 3 loose pleadings and 2 volumes of exhibits (yap) (Entered: 11/15/2001)

Nov. 14, 2001

Nov. 14, 2001

59

MINUTE ORDER of 7/11/01 by Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly: Defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law [47-1] is denied. Defendant's motion to alter or amend the judgment order [48-1] is granted. Enter Amended Judgment in favor of defendan t on plaintiff's termination claim. Judgment is entered in favor of plaintiff on its accommodation claim, in the amount of $961.50 back pay, $187.50 for compensatory damages, and $184,000 for punitive damages. Defendant's mot ion for remittitur of the punitive damages award [47-2] is granted. The court will order a new trial on the issue of punitive damages unless plaintiff accepts, on or before 7/30/01, a reduction of the punitive damage award to $50,000. Entered Memorandum Opinion and Order. Mailed notice (yap)

July 11, 2001

July 11, 2001

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Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 17, 1999

Closing Date: Oct. 25, 2001

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

Mid-Continent Security Agency, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Monetary Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Amount Defendant Pays: 51149

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits