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Case Name EEOC v. Dutch Farms, Inc. EE-IL-0076
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-02964 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Chicago office filed this suit on April 25, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The EEOC alleged that defendant Dutch Farms, Inc. violated Title VII by subjecting a group of black employees to a pattern and practice of racial ... read more >
The EEOC's Chicago office filed this suit on April 25, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The EEOC alleged that defendant Dutch Farms, Inc. violated Title VII by subjecting a group of black employees to a pattern and practice of racial discrimination. After the defendant answered, the parties attended seven status conferences. At the final status conference, on April 3, 2003, the parties notified the court of a pending settlement. The consent decree was filed on April 17, 2003.

In the consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay a total of $30,000. $5,000 of the defendant's payment went to the Employment, Counseling, and Training Department of the Chicago Urban League. Defendant also agreed to provide training for all of its employees, post notice of EEO rights, and send records of complaints of racial discrimination to the EEOC.

William Burns - 10/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Dutch 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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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-02964 (N.D. Ill.) 04/17/2003
EE-IL-0076-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/25/2002
EE-IL-0076-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 04/15/2003
EE-IL-0076-0002 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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