In January 1998 the Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against the Cajun Company Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The complaint alleges violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It specifically alleges that the defendant racially harassed, subjected to different terms and conditions of employment, and discharged or constructively discharged complainants because of their race (African American). Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in October 1999 through a consent decree.
The three year decree, containing an anti-discrimination clause, recognized that the defendant provided training and had policies prohibiting racial harassment and for reporting complaints, and required the defendant to: make bi-annual reports to the EEOC regarding complaints about racial language, post notice of employee rights, and pay $350,000 to be distributed among 12 individuals.Jennifer Solomon - 11/12/2007