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Case Name EEOC v. TYSON FOODS, INC. EE-AL-0082
Docket / Court 4:05-cv-01090-CLS ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Birmingham District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, against Tyson Foods, Inc. The complaint, filed in May 2005, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the ... read more >
The Birmingham District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, against Tyson Foods, Inc. The complaint, filed in May 2005, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the Defendant had subjected the charging party to a sexually hostile work environment and constructively discharged her because of her sex. The charging party intervened in October 2005.

In May 2006, a consent decree was entered. The decree, which was valid for 2 years, required Defendant to pay a total of $58,000 to the charging party, provide Title VII training (3 hrs) to all managers, and post and distribute a notice of non-discrimination. The Defendant was also required to keep records of all employees who attended the training session and report to the EEOC when the training had been completed.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Tyson Foods, Inc.
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 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
4:05-cv-01090-CLS (N.D. Ala.) 05/16/2006
EE-AL-0082-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/26/2005
EE-AL-0082-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention of Sheena Cranford 10/05/2005
EE-AL-0082-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment Order Entering Consent Decree 05/16/2006 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0082-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 05/16/2006
EE-AL-0082-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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