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Case Name EEOC v. TACO BELL, INC., dba TACO BELL EXPRESS & DOUBLE-D EE-SD-0011
Docket / Court 97-4160 ( D.S.D. )
State/Territory South Dakota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Denver office filed this suit on July 31, 1997 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota against Taco Bell, Inc. and Double-D Inc. The complaint alleged that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by subjecting female employees to sexual harassment. ... read more >
The EEOC's Denver office filed this suit on July 31, 1997 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota against Taco Bell, Inc. and Double-D Inc. The complaint alleged that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by subjecting female employees to sexual harassment. Both defendants filed motions for summary judgment which were subsequently denied. The parties stipulated to the dismissal of defendant Double-D on August 18, 1998 and the court ordered the dismissal that day. The trial was held in August 1998. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Taco Bell. The EEOC's subsequent motions new trial and judgment notwithstanding the verdict were denied.

Jason Chester - 02/07/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex 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) Double-D Inc.
Taco Bell, 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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
4:97-cv-04160-JBJ (D.S.D.) 06/27/2006
EE-SD-0011-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 07/31/1997
EE-SD-0011-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 09/22/1997
EE-SD-0011-0007 PDF | Detail
Order [re: Summary Judgment] 07/07/1998 (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0011-0008 PDF | Detail
Order of Dismissal with Prejudice as to Defendant Double-D., Inc. 08/18/1998 (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0011-0009 PDF | Detail
Judgment on Jury Verdict 09/08/1998 (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0011-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Post-Trial Motions 12/17/1998 (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0011-0005 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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