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Case Name EEOC v. HIGHLAND FRUIT GROWERS EE-WA-0025
Docket / Court CY-03-3132-FVS ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against High Fruit Growers, Inc. in September 2003, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging parties to sexual harassment because of their ... read more >
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against High Fruit Growers, Inc. in September 2003, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging parties to sexual harassment because of their sex (female). The charging parties intervened in the suit in July 2004, and the case settled by entry of a consent decree in February 2005.

The four year consent decree required the defendant to pay a lump sum of $150,000 to the charging parties. The consent decree also requires the defendant to comply with Title VII, retain a consultant to create or enhance an anti-discrimination and harassment policy, enhance its complaint procedure, create a policy designed to promote supervisor accountability, give bi-annual reports to the EEOC, institute anti-discrimination and harassment training, expunge the record of the charging parties, give neutral references to the charging parties, and post a notice of equal employment rights during the consent decree.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Highland Fruit Growers 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 2005 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
CY-03-3132-FVS (E.D. Wash.) 02/14/2005
EE-WA-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Demand 09/29/2003
EE-WA-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Office of General Counsel FY 2005 Annual Report 04/13/2006
EE-WA-0025-0005.pdf | Detail
Complaint of Plaintiff Intervenors 05/09/2007
EE-WA-0025-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 05/10/2007
EE-WA-0025-0004.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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