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Case Name EEOC v. SUN AG INC EE-FL-0107
Docket / Court 2:99-cv-14288-JCP ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Miami, Florida brought this suit against Sun Ag, Inc., a citrus orange grower, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint states that a two Black males alleged violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Miami, Florida brought this suit against Sun Ag, Inc., a citrus orange grower, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint states that a two Black males alleged violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, they claimed that the defendant perpetuated a racially hostile work environment when it allowed its employees to use racial slurs and display a noose in front of Black employees. After extensive discovery, the parties settled. A consent decree was entered in October 2000.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of race, provide five hours of EEO training, post EEO notices, submit annual compliance reports to the EEOC, hire an EEO consultant, and pay the class of aggrieved parties $249,000. No costs or fees were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for three years.

Joel Pettit - 06/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Sun Ag, 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 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
2:99-cv-14288-JCP (S.D. Fla.) 10/26/2000
EE-FL-0107-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/1999
EE-FL-0107-0001 PDF | Detail
Order Denying Plaintiff's Emergency Motions for Protective Order 01/03/2000 (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0107-0002 PDF | Detail
Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for a Protective Order and Motion to Quash Defendant's Subpoena Duces Tecum 05/26/2000 (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0107-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/26/2000
EE-FL-0107-0004 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release 10/30/2000
EE-FL-0107-0005 PDF | Detail
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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