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Case Name EEOC v. JESOHN INC (d/b/a COFFEE &) EE-LA-0013
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-01845-HGB-KWR ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2005, the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Jesohn, Inc., d/b/a Coffee &, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and pregnancy in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In May 2005, the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Jesohn, Inc., d/b/a Coffee &, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and pregnancy in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant discharged the charging party, a female employee, and other similarly situated individuals when it discovered the women were pregnant. The defendant also had a written policy that required female employees to take a leave of absence as soon as they discovered they were pregnant. After some scheduling orders, the parties participated in a settlement conference in April 2006 and reached a final settlement a few months later in September through a consent decree.

The three-year decree contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses and required the defendant to: develop an anti-discrimination policy and compliant procedure, distribute and post the policy, provide semi-annual Title VII training for its managerial employees and owners, post a notice of the decree, and report to the EEOC at specified intervals. In addition, the defendant agreed to pay $26,000 to be divided between two individuals.

Michele Marxkors - 06/26/2007


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Jesohn, 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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
2:05-cv-01845-HGB-KWR (E.D. La.) 09/06/2006
EE-LA-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 05/12/2005
EE-LA-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 09/06/2006
EE-LA-0013-0002.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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