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Case Name EEOC v. MINNESOTA BEEF INDUSTRIES, INC. EE-MN-0047
Docket / Court 02-CV-810 DSD/SRN ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2002, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Minnesota Beef Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the ... read more >
In April 2002, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Minnesota Beef Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant paid the charging party, a female employee, less than males for performing essentially the same functions and subjected her to a hostile work environment comprised of offensive comments, sexual jokes, and unwanted touching in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In September 2002, the charging party intervened in the suit. After some discovery, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in August 2003 which was denied in December 2003. The parties settled in May 2004 through a consent decree.

The five-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: provide Title VII training for its employees, implement and distribute an anti-harassment policy, post a notice of the decree, provide the charging party with a positive reference, expunge her personnel file of all references to the charges of discrimination, report to the EEOC semi-annually, and pay $140,000.

Michele Marxkors - 07/06/2007


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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
Monitoring
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
Pay / Benefits
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
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Minnesota Beef Industries, 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 2004 - 2009
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)
0:02-cv-00810-DSD-SRN (D. Minn.) 05/17/2004
EE-MN-0047-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation and Order 02/19/2003 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0047-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Protective Order 02/25/2003 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0047-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Protective Order 04/23/2003 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0047-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [compel discovery] 05/23/2003 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0047-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [summary judgment] 12/11/2003 (2003 WL 22956445) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0047-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal with Prejudice 05/17/2004 (2004 WL 1908292) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0047-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 05/17/2004
EE-MN-0047-0007.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlements - May 2004 08/18/2004
EE-MN-0047-0008.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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