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Case Name EEOC v. THE CAJUN CO., INC. EE-AR-0048
Docket / Court H-C-98-008 ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
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 ... read more >
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


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Cajun Company 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 - 2002
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-00008-WRW (E.D. Ark.) 10/14/1999
EE-AR-0048-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 01/28/1998
EE-AR-0048-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion to Compel 10/27/1998 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0048-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/14/1999
EE-AR-0048-0002 PDF | Detail
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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