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Case Name EEOC v. Sara Lee Knit Products, Inc. EE-NC-0097
Docket / Court 1:00-CV-88-T ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Washington and Raleigh offices of the EEOC brought this suit against Sara Lee Corporation in April 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In May 2000, the ... read more >
The Washington and Raleigh offices of the EEOC brought this suit against Sara Lee Corporation in April 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In May 2000, the defendant filed a motion to consolidate this case with 1:99-cv-00086 (W.D.N.C. 1999). The motion was granted in June 2000, and the parties engaged in mediation in October 2000. The parties settled, and a consent decree was entered in December 2000. The two-year consent decree required the defendant to hold annual Title VII training for all employees; post notice of Title VII rights; refrain from discrimination and retaliation; expunge the charging party's employment record; and send semiannual reports to the EEOC on allegations of discrimination. The charging party was awarded monetary relief in another agreement, which is not available.

Justin Kanter - 08/06/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Sara Lee Corporation
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 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-NC-0137 : Hemphill v. Sara Lee Corporation (W.D.N.C.)
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)
1:00-cv-00088 (W.D.N.C.) 12/11/2000
EE-NC-0097-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/24/2000
EE-NC-0097-0001.pdf | Detail
EEOC Files Discrimination Suit Against Sara Lee Knit Products, Inc. 04/25/2000
EE-NC-0097-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 12/11/2000
EE-NC-0097-0002.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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