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Case Name Davis v. Kraft Foods North America Inc. EE-PA-0204
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-06060 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On November 3, 2003, African-American employees of Kraft Foods filed a class action lawsuit against their employer in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, and ... read more >
On November 3, 2003, African-American employees of Kraft Foods filed a class action lawsuit against their employer in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, and asked the court for class-wide injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and equitable financial relief. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that Kraft had discriminated with regard to discipline and hiring.

On January 31, 2006, the court (Judge Paul S. Diamond) denied the plaintiffs' motion for class certification, holding that the plaintiffs did not meet the typicality requirement. Davis v. Kraft Foods, 2006 WL 237512 (E.D. Pa. 2006). The court approved a preliminary settlement agreement on May 1, 2007. Kraft agreed to pay $1.325 million, which included $1,000 for each plaintiff, plus $3,000 for each plaintiff who was suspended and $10,000 for each plaintiff who was terminated. Kraft also agreed to purge their disciplinary records, monitor their disciplinary system better using tracking, and conduct employee surveys.

Andrew Kline - 05/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Content of Injunction
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Recordkeeping
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Kraft Foods
Plaintiff Description All African-American hourly employees who worked at the Kraft Philadelphia bakery from November 3, 1999 to December 31, 2006.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
2:03−cv−06060 (E.D. Pa.) 12/31/2007
EE-PA-0204-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Opinion 01/31/2006 (2006 WL 237512 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 3512) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0204-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Complaint 06/30/2006
EE-PA-0204-0001.pdf | Detail
Opinion 12/01/2006 (2006 WL 3486461 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 87140) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0204-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Settlement 04/17/2007
EE-PA-0204-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Diamond, Paul Steven (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0204-0003 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Carson, Shanon J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-0003 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Coleman, William T. III (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-9000
D'Urso, Martin J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-0001 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Roeltgen, Hadley Perkins (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-9000
Vance, Robert T. Jr. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-0001 | EE-PA-0204-0002 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Whinston, Stephen A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-0003 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Defendant's Lawyers King, Allan G. (Texas)
EE-PA-0204-0003 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Malloy, Michele Halgas (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-0001 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Walsh, Marguerite S. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0204-0001 | EE-PA-0204-0003 | EE-PA-0204-0004 | EE-PA-0204-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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