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Case Name EEOC v. AUSTIN J. DECOSTER (d/b/a DECOSTER FARMS OF IA) and IOWA AG LLC EE-IA-0003
Docket / Court 3:02-cv-03077-MWB ( N.D. Iowa )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Milwaukee district office sued Austin J. Decoster and Iowa AG, LLC on September 26, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The complaint alleged that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they allowed sexual harassment of ... read more >
The EEOC's Milwaukee district office sued Austin J. Decoster and Iowa AG, LLC on September 26, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The complaint alleged that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they allowed sexual harassment of female employees. The parties entered into a consent decree on October 2, 2002 which stipulated that the defendants would pay $1,525,000 in damages and costs, revise and distribute their anti-harassment and discrimination policies, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, implement Title VII training for supervisors dealing with personnel decisions, and annually report complaints and compliance with the consent decree to the EEOC.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Austin J. Decoster
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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Ending Sex and Race Discrimination in the Workplace: Legal Interventions That Push the Envelope
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Written: Mar. 01, 2011
By: Ariane Hegewisch, Cynthia Deitch, Evelyn Murphy (Institute for Women's Policy Research & The Wage Project)
Citation: (Institute for Women's Policy Research, March 2011)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
3:02-cv-03077-MWB (N.D. Iowa) 10/03/2002
EE-IA-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/26/2002
EE-IA-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC and DeCoster Farms Settle Complaint for $1,525,000 [EEOC Press Release] 09/30/2002
EE-IA-0003-0003 PDF | Detail
Judgment and Consent Decree 10/03/2002
EE-IA-0003-0002 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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