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Case Name EEOC v. LONG PRAIRIE PACKING COMPANY, INC. EE-MN-0042
Docket / Court 0:99-cv-01253-ADM-RLE ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Milwaukee and Minneapolis offices filed this suit on August 11, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit alleged that defendant Long Prairie Packing violated Title VII and the ADA through a pattern or practice of sexual and disability-based harassment of ... read more >
The EEOC's Milwaukee and Minneapolis offices filed this suit on August 11, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit alleged that defendant Long Prairie Packing violated Title VII and the ADA through a pattern or practice of sexual and disability-based harassment of men. According to the EEOC, this was the first class action suit alleging a pattern of male-on-male sexual harassment.

On the date the complaint was filed, the parties also filed a joint motion for entry of consent decree. The court entered the consent decree on August 13, 1999. The case remained open after entry of the consent decree so the court could oversee the EEOC's distribution of the settlement to the class-members.

The defendant agreed to create a settlement fund containing $1,900,000 to be distributed to class-members through the EEOC. The defendant also agree to provide training, institute a new complaint procedure and develop a new discrimination during the 3-year consent decree.

Jason Chester - 02/21/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
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. § 2000e
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Long Prairie Packing
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 1999 - 2002
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
0:99-cv-01253-ADM-RLE (D. Minn.) 06/16/2000
EE-MN-0042-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 08/11/1999
EE-MN-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release 08/11/1999
EE-MN-0042-0002.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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