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Case Name EEOC v. Sun-Rich Of Immokalee EE-FL-0111
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-00264-JES ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2000, the Miami District Office of the EEOC and Florida Equal Justice Center filed this lawsuit against Sun-Rich of Immokalee, Inc., formerly known as Sun-Rich of Florida City, Florida in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of race ... read more >
In June 2000, the Miami District Office of the EEOC and Florida Equal Justice Center filed this lawsuit against Sun-Rich of Immokalee, Inc., formerly known as Sun-Rich of Florida City, Florida in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant failed to rehire black Haitians for the tomato picking season, preferring Hispanic workers. One group of complainants intervened in the lawsuit in September 2000. Following motions for summary judgment filed by both the defendant and the EEOC, the intervening plaintiffs accepted and offer for judgment from the defendant in November 2000 and the case was closed. The case resumed in January 2001 when the defendant successfully filed a motion to amend the judgment for the intervenor-plaintiffs. Following some mediation, the defendant and EEOC settled the lawsuit in January 2002 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing an injunction not to discharge, lay off or fail to hire an applicant based on race or national origin, required the defendant to: make compliance reports regarding the managers attending training, provide the EEOC with notice of the training, provide the EEOC with copies of applications related to hiring and statistics of employees, retain all employment records relating to complaints or investigations regarding race or natural origin, post and distribute notice of employee rights in English, Spanish and Creole, provide annual training to supervisors regarding all Title VII requirements, and pay $375,000 to be distributed among 20 complainants.

Daisy Manning - 11/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Sun-Rich of Immokalee, Inc
Sun-Rich of Immokalee, 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 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)
2:00-cv-00264-JES (M.D. Fla.) 03/14/2002
EE-FL-0111-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/15/2000
EE-FL-0111-0001 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Files Two Racial Bias Suits Against Florida Employers" 06/15/2000
EE-FL-0111-0006 PDF | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 09/05/2000
EE-FL-0111-0002 PDF | Detail
Judgment [As to Intervenor Plaintiffs] 12/21/2000 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0111-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment in a Civil Case [Amended Judgment as to Intervenor Plaintiffs] 01/10/2001 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0111-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 01/23/2002
EE-FL-0111-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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