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Case Name EEOC v. AMERICAN NATIONAL CAN COMPANY, dba FOSTER-FORBES EE-NC-0004
Docket / Court 5-97-CV-130-H(1) ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On February 26, 1997, the Charlotte office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a class action lawsuit under Title VII against the American National Can Company and Foster-Forbes Glass in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The EEOC alleged that the ... read more >
On February 26, 1997, the Charlotte office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a class action lawsuit under Title VII against the American National Can Company and Foster-Forbes Glass in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of 90 current and former employees by discriminating against them on account of their race.

On May 15, 1998, the parties settled the case, and they filed a consent decree with the court on September 2, 1998. Six days later, the court provisionally approved the consent decree. Under the consent decree, the defendants agreed to pay $275,000 in damages to a class of 90 current and former employees, as well as $100,000 into a partnership training program designed to improve employee relations and help employees to improve their problem-solving skills. We have no further information on the terms of the decree, since we do not have a copy of it. On January 20, 1999, the court issued a final order approving the decree and closed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/04/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) American National Can Company
American National Can Company
Ball-Foster Glass Container Co., LCC
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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
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)
5:97-cv-00130-H (E.D.N.C.) 09/22/2000
EE-NC-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Final Order Approving Consent Decree 01/20/1999
EE-NC-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release 11/25/2002
EE-NC-0004-0002 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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