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Case Name EEOC v. OBERTO SAUSAGE CO. EE-WA-0059
Docket / Court CV5-0025R ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Seattle district office sued Oberto Sausage Company on January 5, 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on religion (Islam) by failing to accommodate six ... read more >
The EEOC's Seattle district office sued Oberto Sausage Company on January 5, 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on religion (Islam) by failing to accommodate six employees' prayer practices and ultimately terminated them because of their religious practices. The parties entered into a consent decree on July 1, 2005, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the complainants $362,000 in damages, costs, and fees; post a notice of compliance with Title VII; provide Title VII training to its managers and employees; draft and distribute a non-discrimination policy; provide for a Somali interpreter for its Somali employees; revise its complaint procedures; and report complaints of religious discrimination or requests for religious accommodation to the EEOC semiannually.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Oberto Sausage Company
Oberto Sausage Company
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 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)
2:05-cv-00025-JCC (W.D. Wash.) 07/04/2006
EE-WA-0059-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 01/05/2005
EE-WA-0059-0001 PDF | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint 02/08/2005
EE-WA-0059-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 07/01/2005
EE-WA-0059-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Litigation Settlement Report 08/01/2005
EE-WA-0059-0006 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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