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Case Name EEOC v. JOE CHRISTIANA FOOD DISTRIBUTORS, I EE-LA-0042
Docket / Court 3:03-cv-00534-RET-CN ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New Orleans Field Office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Joe Christiana Food Distributors, Inc. in July 2003, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged that defendant discriminated against the charging parties because of their sex. ... read more >
The New Orleans Field Office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Joe Christiana Food Distributors, Inc. in July 2003, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged that defendant discriminated against the charging parties because of their sex. More specifically, it is alleged that the defendant subjected the plaintiff to sexual harassment resulting in a hostile work environment. The complainant intervened in the EEOC's suit, and the parties settled the case by entry of a consent decree in March 2006.

The three year consent decree included an anti-discrimination provision, elimination of any records of the charging parties' discrimination complaint, training, and record keeping. The consent decree also required the defendant to pay the charging party $20,000 in damages and forgiveness of an alleged debt of $6800.

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
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
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
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Joe Christiana Food, 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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
3:03-cv-00534-RET-CN (M.D. La.) 03/10/2006
EE-LA-0042-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/09/2003
EE-LA-0042-0001 PDF | Detail
Petition of Intervention (Intervenor's Complaint) 10/08/2003
EE-LA-0042-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 03/10/2006
EE-LA-0042-0005 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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