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Case Name EEOC v. CONAGRA, INC. dba MONFORT INC. EE-TX-0086
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-00327 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, against Conagra, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 1998, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint ... read more >
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, against Conagra, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 1998, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant had subjected the charging party, and other similarly situation employees, to a sexually hostile work environment based on their gender, female.

The charging party intervened in this case and a consent decree was filed in August 1999. The decree provided that Defendant would pay a total of $900,000 ($450,000 going to the charging party and the rest to be divided between the Class members), and it also included non-discrimination/non-retaliations provision, and required Defendant to post a non-discrimination notice and hold sexual harassment training sessions for its employees. Defendant must also have semi-annual meetings with the EEOC regarding compliance with the decree and any incidents of sexual harassment.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/08/2007


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex 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 law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Conagra, Inc.
Montfort, 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 1999 - 2001
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
2:98-cv-00327 (N.D. Tex.) 07/19/2000
EE-TX-0086-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 08/30/1999
EE-TX-0086-0001 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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