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Case Name EEOC v. INNOVATIVE FOOD PROCESSORS, INC. EE-MN-0033
Docket / Court CA-00-CV-2230 DWF/ ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the Minneapolis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against IFP, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota alleging discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by creating a hostile work ... read more >
In September 2000, the Minneapolis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against IFP, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota alleging discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by creating a hostile work environment for Hispanic employees. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. A consent decree was proposed shortly after the defendant's answer in October 2000, and was accepted in December 2000.

The thirty-month decree, containing a non-discrimination clause, required the defendant to pay a specified amount of money to all class members based upon the number of days they had worked for defendant, expunge the employment records of class members, not restrict employees from speaking languages other than English in their facilities during non-working times and permit other languages to be spoken unless business necessity required otherwise, modify defendant's hiring policies and anti-discrimination policy, provide workplace diversity training, support English classes for Hispanic workers and Spanish classes for supervisors and translate employee handbooks and benefit packages into other languages as requested.

David Friedman - 10/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) IFP, Inc
IFP, 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 2000 - 2003
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)
0:00-cv-02230-DWF-AJB (D. Minn.) 05/22/2001
EE-MN-0033-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order for Consent Decree 10/10/2000
EE-MN-0033-0001.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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