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Case Name EEOC v. AMERICAN HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION (d/b/a FORT DODGE ANIMAL HEALTH) EE-IA-0001
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-03079-MWB ( N.D. Iowa )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, against American Home Products Corporation, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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In September 2000, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, against American Home Products Corporation, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Several private plaintiffs intervened in the case, which was subsequently consolidated with another case brought by a private party (3:00-cv-03046). Motions by both the defendant and the intervening plaintiffs for summary judgment were denied, and the case was resolved by a consent decree in March of 2002. The defendant agreed to pay a total of $487,500 and to revise its complaint procedures for allegations of sexual harassment. We do not have the complaint or the consent decree in this case so the information comes from an EEOC annual report.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/12/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
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 Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) American Home Products Corporation
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 2002
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IA-0019 : Black v. American Home Prod, et al (N.D. Iowa)
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)
3:00-cv-03079-MWB (N.D. Iowa) 04/01/2002
EE-IA-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order Regarding Defendant's Motion for Partial Dismissal of Plaintiff's Complaint 04/04/2001 (199 F.R.D. 620) (N.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0001-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order regarding Plaintiff EEOC'S Motion for Continuance Pursuant to Rule 56(F)and Defendant's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 06/13/2001 (144 F.Supp.2d 1084) (N.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0001-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion and Order Regarding Motions to Reconsider Order Granting Partial Summary Judgment and Regarding Plaintiff-Intervenor Gitch's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on First Affirmative Defense 09/13/2001 (165 F.Supp.2d 886) (N.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0001-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order Regarding Cross-Motions to Reconsider the Court's September 13, 2001, Ruling 12/20/2001 (2001 WL 34008710 / 2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21270) (N.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0001-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order Regarding Cross-Motions for Partial Summary Judgment on Plaintiff-Intervenor Lewis's Quid Pro Quo Claim 12/21/2001 (2001 WL 34008505 / 2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21271) (N.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0001-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
EEOC's FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report [Section on Sexual Harassment Cases; American Home Products Case Information Underlined] 12/31/2003
EE-IA-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Bennett, Mark W. (N.D. Iowa, S.D. Iowa) [Magistrate]
EE-IA-0001-0007
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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