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Case Name EEOC v. GRIMMWAY FARMS EE-CA-0095
Docket / Court CV-06-00561 AWI DLB ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2006 the San Francisco District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Esparza Enterprises, Inc. and Grimmway Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Grimmway Farms, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, ... read more >
In May 2006 the San Francisco District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Esparza Enterprises, Inc. and Grimmway Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Grimmway Farms, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendants created a sexually hostile work environment and retaliated against the complainant for opposing this practice. The complaining party intervened in the lawsuit in May 2007. Following some discovery and a motion for summary judgment by the defendant that was not resolved, the parties settled the lawsuit in November 2007 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation provisions, required the defendants to: make compliance reports, keep records, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, develop an anti-discrimination policy, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, agree to impose discipline upon violating supervisors/managers, and pay $175,000 in damages to a complaining party.

David Friedman - 04/24/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Esparza Enterprises, Inc.
Grimmway Enterprises, 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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
1:06-cv-00561-LJO-DLB (E.D. Cal.) 11/19/2007
EE-CA-0095-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/10/2006
EE-CA-0095-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint in Intervention - Civil Rights 05/18/2007
EE-CA-0095-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 11/15/2007
EE-CA-0095-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bryant, Shelley G. (California)
EE-CA-0095-0002
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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