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Case Name GLENDA ROBERTSON v. COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES INC (d/b/a MIDWEST COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO) EE-MN-0010
Docket / Court 0:03-cv-03296-DSD-JSM ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2003, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co., in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the settlement agreement, the ... read more >
In May 2003, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co., in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the settlement agreement, the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the charging party, a female African American applicant, by refusing to hire her for a merchandiser position on the basis of her race and sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The charging party intervened in the suit in July 2003. After some discovery disputes, the EEOC and the defendant settled in July 2004. This settlement agreement did not resolve any of the charging party's claims against the defendant. Thus, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment against the charging party in September 2004. The motion was granted in January 2005. Therefore, the defendant prevailed, and the charging party received no relief separate from the EEOC consent decree.

The settlement agreement between the EEOC and the defendant required the defendant to certify that it would continue to provide EEO training for all of its human resource, supervisory, and managerial personnel and that it would maintain and distribute its anti-discrimination policy. In addition, the defendant agreed to maintain records of those who applied for any open merchandiser position and the results of their employment screening. The defendant also agreed to continue to advertise job openings in several media outlets targeted at minorities.

Michele Marxkors - 06/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
Plaintiff Description The EEOC filing on behalf of a black female employee of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., with the employee later intervening
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
0:03-cv-03296-DSD-JSM (D. Minn.) 07/21/2006
EE-MN-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order [Motion to Compel] 03/31/2004 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 06/22/2004
EE-MN-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Motion to Compel] 06/24/2004 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0010-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Motion to Compel] 12/16/2004 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0010-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Motion for Summary Judgment] 01/27/2005 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0010-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Order 04/03/2006 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0010-0006.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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