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Case Name EEOC v. RALPH'S INC (d/b/a SHERMAN IGA d/b/a IGA INC) EE-ID-0024
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-00157-EJL ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, against Ralph's Inc, d/b/a Sherman IGA. The complaint, filed in April 2001, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically that ... read more >
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, against Ralph's Inc, d/b/a Sherman IGA. The complaint, filed in April 2001, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically that Defendant subjected the charging parties to sexual harassment, constructive discharge and retaliation, because of their sex, female. In April 2002 Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the damage claims but the motion was denied in August 2002. In September 2002 the parties engaged in a settlement conference and in October 2002 a consent decree was entered.

The decree, valid for three years, required Defendant to pay the three charging parties a total of $96,500 ($46,000, $40,000, $10,500), provide them with neutral employment references and expunge their employment records. Defendant was enjoined from discrimination or retaliating in violation of Title VII, and required to provide annual employment discrimination training to its employees, post a notice of non-discrimination, hire a consultant to develop a written anti-discrimination policy and report regularly to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
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
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) IGA, Inc.
Jane Doe Peterson
Ralph's Inc.
William L. Peterson
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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
2:01-cv-00157-EJL (D. Idaho) 10/18/2002
EE-ID-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 04/11/2001
EE-ID-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint 07/16/2001
EE-ID-0024-0002.pdf | Detail
Report and Recommendation 07/22/2002
EE-ID-0024-0003.pdf | Detail
Order Adopting Report and Recommendation 08/22/2002 (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0024-0004.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order Dismissing Action 10/18/2002
EE-ID-0024-0005.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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