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Case Name EEOC v. TARGET EE-WI-0049
Docket / Court 02-C-0146 ( E.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Target Corporation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in February 2002. The complaint alleged that the Defendant violated Title VII's prohibition of race discrimination by failing to hire ... read more >
The Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Target Corporation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in February 2002. The complaint alleged that the Defendant violated Title VII's prohibition of race discrimination by failing to hire African Americans and failing to keep appropriate records to determine whether unlawful employment practices had taken place. Both parties moved for summary judgment, and Target was granted its motion, which the EEOC appealed. In a published opinion, the Seventh Circuit reversed the district court's granting of summary judgment for Target and remanded the case (460 F.3d 946 (7th Cir. 2006)).

On remand, both parties moved for partial summary judgment; the EEOC was denied its motion and Target was granted its motion. In December 2007, the parties entered into a consent decree. The consent decree required the defendant to pay a total of $510,000 to the four complainants. It also required Target to not discriminate or retaliate; to train all employees in the Madison and Milwaukee areas about race discrimination; to implement policies that promote supervisor accountability; and to post a notice about employee rights under Title VII.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/19/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Target Corporation
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 None on record
Order Duration 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:02-cv-00146-RTR (E.D. Wis.) 12/10/2007
EE-WI-0049-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [U.S. Court of Appeals] 08/23/2006 (460 F.3d 946)
EE-WI-0049-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Court of Appeals Ruels Target Must Face Trial on Race Discrimination Charges 08/24/2006
EE-WI-0049-0001 PDF | Detail
Decision and Order 01/08/2007 (2007 WL 81880 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 1772) (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0049-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Decision and Order 05/16/2007 (2007 WL 1461298 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 35762) (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0049-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Consent Decree 12/10/2007
EE-WI-0049-0002 PDF | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 12/10/2007 (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0049-0003 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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