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Case Name EEOC v. GREAT PLAINS COCA COLA BOTTLING COMPANY EE-OK-0024
Docket / Court 5:03-cv-01347-F ( W.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003, the EEOC's Area Office for the State of Oklahoma brought this suit against Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights ... read more >
In September 2003, the EEOC's Area Office for the State of Oklahoma brought this suit against Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The defendant subjected the charging parties, female employees, and other similarly situated individuals to a sexually hostile work environment and retaliated against them by subjecting them to further harassment, resulting in the constructive discharge of some of the employees. Eight separate charging parties attempted to intervene in the suit; however, only six of them were successful, intervening in October 2003. After some discovery and scheduling orders, the case was referred to mediation. In August 2004, the parties settled through a consent decree.

The three-year decree prohibited the defendant from discriminating and retaliating. In addition, it required the defendant to: post an EEOC-provided notice, implement anti-retaliation policies, develop a complaint procedure for charges of discrimination, provide annual Title VII training for all employees, and report to the EEOC at specified intervals. The defendant also agreed to pay $535,000 and to expunge the charging parties' personnel files of all references to the discrimination charges.

Michele Marxkors - 06/18/2007


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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
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
Religion discrimination
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 State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co., 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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
5:03-cv-01347-F (W.D. Okla.) 04/27/2005
EE-OK-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiff Intervenor Complaint (Sockwell) 10/21/2003
EE-OK-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff Intervenor Complaint (Greene) 10/21/2003
EE-OK-0024-0002.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff Intervenor Complaint (Gilliland) 10/21/2003
EE-OK-0024-0003.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff Intervenor Complaint (Crawford) 10/21/2003
EE-OK-0024-0004.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff Intervenor Complaint (Whitney) 10/21/2003
EE-OK-0024-0005.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff Intervenor Complaint (Scotzin) 10/21/2003
EE-OK-0024-0006.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Defendant’s Motion for Protective Order] 01/13/2004 (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0024-0007.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 08/30/2004
EE-OK-0024-0008.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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