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Case Name EEOC v. SUNMET AGRIBUSINESS et al EE-CA-0215
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-05163-REC-SMS ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC San Francisco office filed this suit on February 8, 2001 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division. The suit alleged violation of Title VII by Sunmet Agribusiness, Inc for sexual harassment of and retaliation against a female employee. After filing, ... read more >
The EEOC San Francisco office filed this suit on February 8, 2001 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division. The suit alleged violation of Title VII by Sunmet Agribusiness, Inc for sexual harassment of and retaliation against a female employee. After filing, the EEOC amended its complaint to add Sunmet Agricultural and Old West Farming Co. as defendants. After two status conferences, a settlement conference was held at which the court was notified of settlement. The proposed consent decree was filed on September 7, 2001. It was approved and formally entered on September 10, 2001.

The consent decree awarded the complainant $45,000. In the decree the defendant agreed to post and distribute information regarding EEOC rights and responsibilities and its commitment to an environment free of sexual harassment. The defendant also agreed to provide a training session for its managers and supervisors. Further, the defendant agreed not to rehire a specific individual and to provide the complainant with a positive reference.

Jason Chester - 07/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
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
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Old West Farming Company
Sunmet Agribusiness, Inc.
Sunmet Agricultural 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 2001 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
1:01-cv-05163-REC-SMS (E.D. Cal.) 09/10/2001
EE-CA-0215-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 09/10/2001
EE-CA-0215-0001 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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