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Case Name Modtland v. Mills Fleet Farm Inc., D. Minn. EE-MN-0081
Docket / Court Civ. 04-3051 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On June 25, 2004, an employee of Mills Fleet Farm Inc. filed a lawsuit under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minn. Stat. § 363, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, against his employer in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiff ... read more >
On June 25, 2004, an employee of Mills Fleet Farm Inc. filed a lawsuit under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minn. Stat. § 363, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, against his employer in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiff asked the court for injunctive relief as well as compensatory and punitive damages, alleging that the defendant had maintained patterns, practices, policies, customs, and usages which were unlawful and which discriminated on the bases of race and gender. Specifically, the plaintiff contended that the defendant required potential hires to take a pre-employment test that collected race, color, and gender information and also failed to hire minorities while offering jobs to less qualified Caucasians.

According to the PACER docket, the plaintiff never filed a motion for class certification. The parties reached a private, confidential settlement agreement, and on March 1, 2005, the court (Judge Paul A. Magnuson) dismissed the case with prejudice. No further information was available.

Andrew Kline - 04/01/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Mills Fleet Farm Inc.
Plaintiff Description A black male applicant for a job with Mills Fleet Farm, Inc., filing on behalf of himself and similarly situated individuals
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2005 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
04−cv−03051&# (D. Minn.) 03/02/2005
EE-MN-0081-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 10/12/2004
EE-MN-0081-0001.pdf | Detail
Opinion 11/28/2004 (2004 WL 2730100 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 24162) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0081-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Erickson, Raymond L. (D. Minn.) [Magistrate]
EE-MN-0081-9000
Magnuson, Paul Arthur (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0081-0002 | EE-MN-0081-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Klassen, John A. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0081-0001 | EE-MN-0081-0002 | EE-MN-0081-9000
Puklich, Michael L. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0081-0001 | EE-MN-0081-0002 | EE-MN-0081-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Harristhal, Christopher J. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0081-0002 | EE-MN-0081-9000
Nolan, Dayle (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0081-0002 | EE-MN-0081-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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