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Case Name EEOC v. AMERICAN SEAFOODS COMPANY EE-WA-0005
Docket / Court C99-1570L ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, against American Seafoods Company. The complaint, filed in September 1999, alleged national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; ... read more >
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, against American Seafoods Company. The complaint, filed in September 1999, alleged national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that Defendant subjected the charging parties to harassment and other discriminatory practices based on their national origin, Hispanic. In November 2000 the parties settled the case, and a consent decree was entered.

The decree, valid for two years, required Defendant to pay a total of $320,000 ($300,000 to the charging parties and $20,000 to a class of Hispanic workers), and expunge the charging parties employment records. Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII and required to post a notice of non-discrimination at its facility, provide Title VII training to its employees, translate is Employee Handbook EEO provisions into multiple languages, amend its anti-discrimination policy, appoint a in house Consent Decree Administrator, and report regularly to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/27/2007


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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
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
Defendant(s) American Seafoods Company
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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
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)
2:99-cv-01570-RSL (W.D. Wash.) 02/12/2001
EE-WA-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation and Order Regarding Confidential Documents 08/28/2000 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 11/30/2000
EE-WA-0005-0001 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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