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Case Name EEOC v. HIGHLAND MANUFACTURING EE-MN-0019
Docket / Court 0:02-cv-00898-JNE-JGL ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2002, the Milwaukee and Charlotte offices of the EEOC brought this suit against Highland Manufacturing, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The complaint is unavailable, but court documents state that the EEOC alleged that the defendant violated Title VII by ... read more >
In April 2002, the Milwaukee and Charlotte offices of the EEOC brought this suit against Highland Manufacturing, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The complaint is unavailable, but court documents state that the EEOC alleged that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against African-Americans, Hispanics, and women. In August 2002, defendant Highland filed a Third-Party Complaint alleging constitutional claims against the Milwaukee District Director of the EEOC and three EEOC Investigators. The EEOC filed a motion to dismiss, which was granted, and the defendant's complaint was dismissed. Additionally, a private plaintiff intervened in November 2002.

The case was settled by the entry of a consent decree in March 2003. The consent decree awarded thirteen individual complainants monetary relief. The defendant was required to provide training on harassment on the basis of sex, race, and national origin for all employees and to make semi-annual reports to the EEOC on allegations of harassment.

Kevin Wilemon - 10/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Highland Manufacturing Co.
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 2003 - 2006
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)
0:02-cv-00898-JNE-JGL (D. Minn.) 04/04/2003
EE-MN-0019-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 11/06/2002 (2002 WL 31777827) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0019-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 03/04/2003
EE-MN-0019-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order to Distribute Funds 03/17/2003 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0019-0002 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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