University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name EEOC v. V&J FOODS INC EE-WI-0052
Docket / Court 05-C-0194 ( 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 V&J Foods, Inc., which owns and operates fast food franchises, in February of 2005, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The complaint alleges sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, as well ... read more >
The Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against V&J Foods, Inc., which owns and operates fast food franchises, in February of 2005, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The complaint alleges sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, as well as retaliation for complaining, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After numerous discovery motions, the defendant moved for summary judgment. The court granted the summary judgment on November 3, 2006, because the complainant never went through the correct channels at the company. The court reasoned that an employer cannot be held liable for employee harassment if they are never notified of it. The court of appeals reversed and remanded the case in January 2008. The case was pending in the district court as of 4/22/2008.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/02/2007


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) V&J Foods, 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 None Yet / None
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 2006
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
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)
2:05-cv-00194-RTR (E.D. Wis.) 03/08/2007
EE-WI-0052-9000 PDF | Detail
2:05-CV-00194 (E.D. Wis.) 06/10/2008
EE-WI-0052-9001 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 02/17/2005
EE-WI-0052-0001 PDF | Detail
Decision and Order on Motion to Compel 10/16/2006 (2006 WL 2947474 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 75406) (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0052-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Decision and Order (Dismissing Case) 11/03/2006 (2006 WL 3203713 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 81204) (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0052-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | 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

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -