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Case Name EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries EE-SD-0005
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-04222-KES ( D.S.D. )
State/Territory South Dakota
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and ... read more >
The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities.

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal, also on August 27, 2004.

Aaron Weismann - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Goals and Timekeeping
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Disability
Hearing impairment
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Dakota Pork Industries, Inc.
Mitchell Temporary
Mitchell Temporary
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
4:03-cv-04222-KES (D.S.D.) 09/12/2005
EE-SD-0005-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2003
EE-SD-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint 04/01/2004
EE-SD-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree [Dakota Park] 08/27/2004
EE-SD-0005-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/27/2004
EE-SD-0005-0004 PDF | Detail
Order of Dismissal 08/27/2004 (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0005-0005 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report August 2004 08/27/2004
EE-SD-0005-0006 PDF | Detail
Judges Schreier, Karen E. (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0005-0003 | EE-SD-0005-0004 | EE-SD-0005-0005 | EE-SD-0005-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fuller, Ann Louise (Colorado)
EE-SD-0005-0001 | EE-SD-0005-9001
Kittle, Rita Byrnes (Colorado)
EE-SD-0005-0003 | EE-SD-0005-0004 | EE-SD-0005-9001
Knudsen, Donald P. (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0005-0002
Kryger, Varla (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0005-9001
Mitchell, Joseph H. (Colorado)
EE-SD-0005-0003 | EE-SD-0005-0004
Weeks, Nancy A. (Colorado)
EE-SD-0005-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Arend, Denise (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0005-0004
Manolis, George M. (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0005-9001
Schraeder, Terry E. (Texas)
EE-SD-0005-0003 | EE-SD-0005-9001
Theeler, John S. (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0005-0004 | EE-SD-0005-9001
Vermeulen, Lynette (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0005-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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