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Case Name EEOC v. Kraft Foods of North America EE-AL-0055
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-02628-SLB ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Birmingham office filed this suit on October 25, 2002 in the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. The EEOC alleged that 17 male employees at defendant Kraft Foods of North America, Inc.'s Birmingham location were subjected to a hostile work environment created by the actions ... read more >
The EEOC's Birmingham office filed this suit on October 25, 2002 in the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. The EEOC alleged that 17 male employees at defendant Kraft Foods of North America, Inc.'s Birmingham location were subjected to a hostile work environment created by the actions and remarks of a supervisor. The complainants were represented by private counsel in communications with the defendant before the EEOC filed the suit, but none of the complainants intervened in the suit.

On June 10, 2003 the parties filed a joint motion entering the consent decree. The consent decree was granted on June 16, 2003.

The consent decree explained that the defendant paid the complainants undisclosed amounts of money as well as attorney's fees. The defendant also agreed to provide separate training sessions for the supervisory and non-supervisory employees at its Birmingham office.

Jason Chester - 09/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Kraft Foods of North America, 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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
2:02-cv-02628-SLB (N.D. Ala.) 06/16/2003
EE-AL-0055-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/25/2002
EE-AL-0055-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Sues Kraft Foods North America, Inc. for Same-Sex Harassment of Men 10/25/2002
EE-AL-0055-0007.pdf | Detail
Order [Entering Consent Decree] 06/16/2003 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0055-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/16/2003
EE-AL-0055-0006.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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