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Case Name EEOC v. Harris Farms, Inc. EE-CA-0104
Docket / Court F-02-6199-AWI LJO ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2002, the San Francisco District Office and San Jose Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the integrated farming business Harris Farms Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, in violation of ... read more >
In September 2002, the San Francisco District Office and San Jose Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the integrated farming business Harris Farms Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. Following discovery, the case was tried before a jury in November 2004 and concluded in January 2005 with a verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The complaining party was awarded $ 994,000 and the court awarded injunctive relief, which included a prohibition of retaliation, equal employment opportunity for employees, and posting a notice of employment rights. The defendants appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in January 2005, and the complaining party appealed the decision shortly afterwards after being denied attorney fees. No outcome has been noted: therefore, the final disposition of this lawsuit is unknown.

Kevin Wilemon - 04/28/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Harris Farms 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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2005 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
1:02-cv-06199-AWI-LJO (E.D. Cal.) 02/13/2008
EE-CA-0104-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order on Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Defendnat's F.R.Civ.P. 30(b)(6) Deposition 07/12/2004 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0104-0001.pdf | Detail
Order on Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 10/19/2004 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0104-0002.pdf | Detail
Jury Orders Harris Farms to Pay $994,000 in Sexual Harassment Suit by EEOC 01/21/2005
EE-CA-0104-0006.pdf | Detail
Special Verdict (1) 01/24/2005
EE-CA-0104-0003.pdf | Detail
Special Verdict Phase II 01/24/2005
EE-CA-0104-0004.pdf | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 01/25/2005 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0104-0005.pdf | Detail
Order on Plaintiff's Motion to Amend Judgment to Include Equitable Relief and Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law 09/30/2005 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0104-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Office of General Counsel FY 2005 Annual Report 04/13/2006
EE-CA-0104-0007.pdf | Detail
Judges O'Neill, Lawrence Joseph (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0104-0001
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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