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Case Name EEOC v. LAND O' LAKES, INC. EE-MN-0039
Docket / Court 06-CV-3828 ADM/JSM ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Land O'Lakes, Inc. in September of 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit alleged retaliation in violation of Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment, and the Equal Pay Act. The defendant ... read more >
The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Land O'Lakes, Inc. in September of 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit alleged retaliation in violation of Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment, and the Equal Pay Act. The defendant forced terminated employees to sign a statement that they had never filed a complaint with the EEOC and at the time they did not intend to file a complaint in the future. If they refused to sign the document or could not because they had previously filed a compliant then their severance package was reduced. The suit was resolved on February 9, 2007 by a consent decree.

The consent decree contained both monetary and injunctive relief. The defendant was required to offer anybody who did not sign the document and received a lower severance pay the same severance pay as they would have received if they were to have signed the document. The injunctive relief mainly consisted of sending notice to all who signed or refused to sign the Separation and Release Agreement. In this notice the defendant was to inform them that they were able to file a complaint with the EEOC and that the time limitations on a discrimination charge were tolled. They each had 300 days to file a complaint. In addition the defendant was required to send the EEOC a copy of the names of anybody who they sent the letters to. The consent decree is to last for two years.

Alex Bean - 08/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Land O'Lakes, 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)
0:06-cv-03828-ADM-AJB (D. Minn.) 02/09/2007
EE-MN-0039-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/25/2006
EE-MN-0039-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/05/2007
EE-MN-0039-0002.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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