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Case Name EEOC v. RIVERA VINEYARDS INC (d/b/a BLAS RIVERA VINEYARDS) et al EE-CA-0035
Docket / Court 5:03-cv-01117-RT-SGL ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Los Angeles District Office brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division, against Rivera Vineyards Inc, Linda Vineyards Inc, BR Company, and Oasis Distributing. The complaint, filed in September 2003, alleged sex discrimination in ... read more >
The Los Angeles District Office brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division, against Rivera Vineyards Inc, Linda Vineyards Inc, BR Company, and Oasis Distributing. The complaint, filed in September 2003, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant subjected the charging parties, and other similarly situated female employees, to sexual harassment, retaliated against them for opposing the conduct, and segregated them by prohibiting them from working in certain positions. Complainants additionally alleged that they were subject to inappropriate touching and were solicited for sexual favors.

The case was referred to an ADR Pilot Program in May 2004 and in June 2004, a consent decree was entered. The decree provided that Defendants would be joint and severally liable for a total sum of $1,050,000, which was paid according to a payment plan and was to be put into a fund for the "Class". The decree also provided for annual training and required Defendant to implement various anti-discrimination policies. Additionally, Defendant was required to hire an EEOC consultant to oversee its compliance with the decree and its new anti-discrimination policies. Defendant was further required to report annually to the EEOC as to its applicant and new hires, providing reasons when female candidates were not hired or promoted.

Jason Chester - 06/14/2007


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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
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reinstatement
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Blas Rivera
BR Company
Does 1-7
Linda Vineyards Inc
Oasis Distributing
Rivera Vineyards, 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 - 2008
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)
5:03-cv-01117-RT-SGL (C.D. Cal.) 06/14/2005
EE-CA-0035-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2003
EE-CA-0035-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Consent Decree 06/14/2005
EE-CA-0035-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Joint Press Release 06/15/2005
EE-CA-0035-0002 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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