Case: EEOC v. PRO-PAK INDUSTRIES INC

1:01-cv-00552 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Jan. 26, 2001

Closed Date: Sept. 18, 2002

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Case Summary

In January 2001, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Pro-Pak Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting the claimants to a hostile working environment because of their race (black) and discharging the claimant in retaliation of their complaint. The claimants intervened in the EEOC's suit in May 2001. The case settled by entry of a c…

In January 2001, the Chicago office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Pro-Pak Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting the claimants to a hostile working environment because of their race (black) and discharging the claimant in retaliation of their complaint. The claimants intervened in the EEOC's suit in May 2001. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in September 2002.

The 18 month consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation, pay the claimants a sum of $55,000, create an anti-discrimination policy, distribute the policy, post notice, provide training for all employees on EEO laws and the new policy, keep records of any complaints of discrimination and/or retaliation, and give the EEOC reports every six months of discrimination and/or retaliation complaints and the posting of notice.

Summary Authors

Lionel Joiner (6/25/2007)

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1:01-cv-00552

Docket

EEOC v. Pro-Pak Industries Inc

Sept. 18, 2002

Sept. 18, 2002

Docket
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1:01-cv-00552

Complaint

EEOC v. Pro-Pak Industries Inc

Jan. 29, 2001

Jan. 29, 2001

Complaint
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1:01-cv-00552

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Pro-Pak Industries Inc

Sept. 18, 2002

Sept. 18, 2002

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 5, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT; jury demand - Civil cover sheet - Appearance(s) of Noelle Christine Brennan, Jose Jorge Behar and John C. Hendrickson as attorney(s) for plaintiff EEOC (No summons(es) issued.) (Documents: 1-1 through 1-3) (hp) (Entered: 01/29/2001)

Jan. 26, 2001

Jan. 26, 2001

2

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant by Robert James Kartholl Jr. and Phillip Anthony Luetkehans ; Notice (las) (Entered: 03/15/2001)

March 14, 2001

March 14, 2001

3

WAIVER of service of summons as to defendant sent on 1/29/01 (las) (Entered: 03/19/2001)

March 19, 2001

March 19, 2001

4

ANSWER and affirmative defenses by defendant to complaint at law [1-1]; Notice (las) (Entered: 04/03/2001)

April 2, 2001

April 2, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 4/6/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing set to 9:00 5/3/01 . Status report due 4/26/01 . Judge's staff notice (gds) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

April 6, 2001

April 6, 2001

5

LETTER from Christopher J. Lee to Judge Gettleman dated 4/11/01 (Attachments) (las) (Entered: 04/13/2001)

April 12, 2001

April 12, 2001

6

JOINT STATUS REPORT by parties (las) (Entered: 04/30/2001)

April 26, 2001

April 26, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 5/3/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing held and continued to 9:00 10/18/01 . Discovery ordered closed on 11/21/01 . open court notice (gds) (Entered: 05/03/2001)

May 3, 2001

May 3, 2001

7

MOTION by Oware and Asamoah to intervene ; Notice (las) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 9, 2001

May 9, 2001

8

APPEARANCE for Kwaku Oware and Kofi Asamoah by James C. Vito and Elisbeth Shoenberger (las) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 9, 2001

May 9, 2001

9

MINUTE ORDER of 5/30/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Motion of Oware and Asamoah to intervene [7-1] is entered and continued to 9:00 a.m. on 6/18/01. No notice. (las) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 30, 2001

May 30, 2001

MAILED Rule 3.14 letters to Attorneys James C. Vito and Elisabeth Shoenberger (las) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 31, 2001

May 31, 2001

10

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for intervenors plaintiff by James C. Vito and Elisabeth Shoenberger (las) (Entered: 06/12/2001)

June 11, 2001

June 11, 2001

12

INTERVENOR'S COMPLAINT by intervenor plaintiff (las) (Entered: 06/29/2001)

June 27, 2001

June 27, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 7/26/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Answer to intervening complaint is due by 8/16/01.Status hearing held and continued to 9:00 9/6/01 . Status report due 8/31/01 . open court notice (gds) (Entered: 07/26/2001)

July 26, 2001

July 26, 2001

13

ANSWER and affirmative defenses by Pro Pak Ind Inc to Interveners' complaint [12-1] ; Notice (las) (Entered: 08/16/2001)

Aug. 15, 2001

Aug. 15, 2001

14

JOINT STATUS REPORT by plaintiff and defendant; Notice (yap) (Entered: 09/05/2001)

Aug. 31, 2001

Aug. 31, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 9/6/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing held. open court notice (gds) (Entered: 09/07/2001)

Sept. 6, 2001

Sept. 6, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 10/18/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status heraing held. Settlement conference set for 1:30 11/6/01 . open court notice (gds) (Entered: 10/18/2001)

Oct. 18, 2001

Oct. 18, 2001

15

AGREED MOTION by plaintiff for leave to file appearance instanter (Attachment); Notice. (yp) Modified on 11/01/2001 (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Oct. 24, 2001

Oct. 24, 2001

16

MINUTE ORDER of 10/31/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Plaintiff's agreed motion for leave to file appearance instanter is granted [15-1]. No notice (yp) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Oct. 31, 2001

Oct. 31, 2001

17

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff by Lauren G Dreilinger. (yp) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Oct. 31, 2001

Oct. 31, 2001

SCHEDULE set on 11/6/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing set to 9:00 12/11/01. Discovery stayed during further settlement discussion. Settlement conference held. Chambers notice (gds) (Entered: 11/08/2001)

Nov. 6, 2001

Nov. 6, 2001

18

MINUTE ORDER of 12/11/01 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing held and continued to 1/9/02 at 9:00a.m. (Entered Agreed Protective Order.) No notice (lc) (Entered: 12/12/2001)

Dec. 11, 2001

Dec. 11, 2001

19

REVISED JOINT STATUS REPORT by parties (las) (Entered: 01/11/2002)

Jan. 9, 2002

Jan. 9, 2002

SCHEDULE set on 1/9/02 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing held and continued to 9:00 7/31/02 . Discovery ordered closed on 7/31/02 . Open court notice (gds) (Entered: 01/14/2002)

Jan. 9, 2002

Jan. 9, 2002

20

MOTION by plaintiff to amend discovery schedule and for briefing schedule of EEOC'S motion to compel production of documents. (Attachments); Notice (las) (Entered: 06/13/2002)

June 7, 2002

June 7, 2002

22

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff EEOC for judicial settlement conference and stay of briefing schedule ; Notice of motion (eav) (Entered: 07/03/2002)

June 27, 2002

June 27, 2002

23

MINUTE ORDER of 7/2/02 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Joint motion for judicial settlement conference and [22-1], stay of briefing schedule is granted. [22-2] Settlement posture letters are due by 7/12/02. Settlement pretrial conference is set for 7/17/02, at 2:00 p.m. No notice (eav) (Entered: 07/03/2002)

July 2, 2002

July 2, 2002

SCHEDULE set on 7/17/02 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing set to 9:00 7/25/02 . Settlement conference held. In chambers notice (gds) (Entered: 07/17/2002)

July 17, 2002

July 17, 2002

SCHEDULE set on 7/25/02 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing reset to 9:00 8/27/02 . Telephone notice (gds) (Entered: 07/25/2002)

July 25, 2002

July 25, 2002

SCHEDULE set on 8/27/02 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman : Status hearing held and continued to 9:00 9/18/02 . Open court notice (gds) (Entered: 08/27/2002)

Aug. 27, 2002

Aug. 27, 2002

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MINUTE ORDER of 9/18/02 by Hon. Robert W. Gettleman: (Consent Decree entered (Attachments)). Defendants are enjoined. terminating case No notice (fce) (Entered: 09/23/2002)

Sept. 18, 2002

Sept. 18, 2002

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 26, 2001

Closing Date: Sept. 18, 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

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

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Pro-Pak Industries Inc. (West Chicago, IL), 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: 55000

Order Duration: 2002 - 2004

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Recordkeeping

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit