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Case Name EEOC v. Kovacevich 5 Farms EE-CA-0119
Docket / Court 1:06-CV-00165 REC ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On February 13, 2006, the San Francisco District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Kovacevich 5 Farms for violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1946. The EEOC represented six female applicants who ... read more >
On February 13, 2006, the San Francisco District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Kovacevich 5 Farms for violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1946. The EEOC represented six female applicants who alleged that Kovavevich 5 Farms had refused to hire them because of their sex. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief and financial compensation.

On August 23, 2006, the six female applicants filed a complaint in intervention to be interveners in the EEOC’s suit. The defendant moved to dismiss the intervenors' suit for failure to state a claim, which was denied. 2006 WL 3050149 (E.D. Cal. 2006). The defendant also moved for summary judgment on the intervenors' claims, and the intervenors moved to certify a class. The defendant's motion for summary judgment was denied, and the intervenors' motion to certify a class was deferred. 2007 WL 1174444 (E.D. Cal. 2007).

On November 26, 2008, District Court Judge Oliver W. Wagner approved the proposed consent decree. The consent decree was set to last for five years and included $1,680,000 in monetary relief for the six female applicants and the class of workers represented. The decree also included injunctive relief. It enjoined the defendant from future discrimination or retaliation; required the defendant revise its EEO, hiring, and complaint policies; required anti-discrimination trainings for all current and new employees; and required hiring goals for female employees.

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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
Goals and Timekeeping
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Kovacevich 5 Farms
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
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 2008 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
1:06-cv-00165-OWW-TAG (E.D. Cal.) 12/01/2008
EE-CA-0119-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/13/2006
EE-CA-0119-0002.pdf | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 08/23/2006
EE-CA-0119-0001.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Motion to Dismiss] 10/27/2006 (2006 WL 3060149) (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0119-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order [Re: Motion for Class-Certification and Motion for Summary Adjudication] 04/19/2007 (2007 WL 1174444 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 32330) (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0119-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order [RE: Motion to Compel] 06/04/2007 (2007 WL 1599772) (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0119-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 12/01/2008 (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0119-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Wanger, Oliver Winston (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0119-0005 | EE-CA-0119-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Camacho, Marcos (California)
EE-CA-0119-0006
Hernandez, Evangelina Patricia (California)
EE-CA-0119-0006 | EE-CA-0119-9000
Offen-Brown, David F. (California)
EE-CA-0119-0006 | EE-CA-0119-9000
Olmos, R Thomas (California)
EE-CA-0119-0006 | EE-CA-0119-9000
Ordonio-Dixon, Linda Susan (California)
EE-CA-0119-9000
Tamayo, William Robert (California)
EE-CA-0119-0006 | EE-CA-0119-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Barsamian, Ronald H (California)
EE-CA-0119-0006 | EE-CA-0119-9000
Lucas, Stacy Renee (California)
EE-CA-0119-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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