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Case Name EEOC v. J.R. SIMPLOT EE-ID-0017
Docket / Court CIV-99-0439-S-EJL ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1999, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this case against J.R. Simplot Company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin and race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, ... read more >
In September 1999, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this case against J.R. Simplot Company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin and race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant provided a test (lacking any legitimate business purpose) to employees and applicants that had an adverse impact on Hispanic and Asian Americans. After some discovery, the parties settled in June 2001 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree contained a non-retaliation clause and provided that the defendant deposit $125,000 into a settlement fund which would be used to resolve the claims of discrimination relating to the biased test, subject to a very detailed distribution process. In addition, the defendant agreed to: provide Title VII training for all managers and supervisors, give the claimants first access to open job opportunities, and report to the EEOC at specified times.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/05/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Testing
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) J.R. Simplot Co.
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 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
1:99-cv-00439-BLW (D. Idaho) 05/03/2002
EE-ID-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/1999
EE-ID-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/15/2001 (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0017-0003.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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