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Case Name EEOC v. HORN SEED COMPANY INC EE-OK-0026
Docket / Court 5:98-cv-00810-R ( W.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 1998, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this suit against the Horn Seed Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Although the complaint is not currently available, the consent decree states that a female employee alleged that the defendant ... read more >
In June 1998, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this suit against the Horn Seed Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Although the complaint is not currently available, the consent decree states that a female employee alleged that the defendant maintained a sexually hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After the employee intervened and filed her complaint, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in August 1998.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating or discriminating on the basis of sex, implement and distribute its EEO policy, post an EEO notice, provide EEO training, issue a neutral reference letter, expunge its employment records, issue a written reprimand to the offender and place it in his employee file, and pay the aggrieved party $40,000. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for three years.

Joel Pettit - 06/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
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) Horn Seed Company, 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 1998 - 2001
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
5:98-cv-00810-R (W.D. Okla.) 09/04/1998
EE-OK-0026-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 08/31/1998
EE-OK-0026-0001.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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