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Case Name EEOC v. JOHN PICKLE COMPANY EE-OK-0029
Docket / Court 4:02-cv-00979-CVE-FHM ( N.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Oklahoma City and Dallas District Offices of the EEOC brought this suit against John Pickle Company, Inc in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in December 2002. The complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of national origin (East Indian) and race ( ... read more >
The Oklahoma City and Dallas District Offices of the EEOC brought this suit against John Pickle Company, Inc in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in December 2002. The complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of national origin (East Indian) and race (Asian) and disparate terms and conditions of employment, pay, and harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complainants, 52 East Indians, brought suit against John Pickle Company, Inc and John Pickle, Jr in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in February 2002. Their complaint alleged violations of Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, ß1981, and state tort law for false imprisonment, deceit and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The EEOC moved for consolidation the same day it filed its complaint, which was granted in January 2003. In the private plaintiffs' case, prior to consolidation the court denied two motions to dismiss by the defendant, granted in part two motions to dismiss by the defendant, and held several status conferences. Subsequent to consolidation, several more status conferences were held, and two non-jury trial phases were held in September 2003 and March 2005. After the second phase of bench trial in March 2005, judgment was granted for the plaintiffs in October 2006. The complainants were awarded a total of $1,240,000.

Daisy Manning - 10/21/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) John Pickle 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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-OK-0052 : Chellen et al v. John Pickle Company, et al (N.D. Okla.)
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)
4:02-cv-00979-CVE-FHM (N.D. Okla.) 09/22/2006
EE-OK-0029-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/30/2002
EE-OK-0029-0001.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff EEOC's Motion to Consolidate 12/30/2002
EE-OK-0029-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Sues Pickle Manufacturing Company for Discrimination Against Workers from India" 01/02/2003
EE-OK-0029-0002.pdf | Detail
Minute Sheet [Granting Motion to Consolidate] 01/10/2003 (N.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0029-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Phase One) 08/26/2004 (344 F.Supp.2d 1278) (N.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0029-0017.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Phase Two) 05/24/2006 (434 F.Supp.2d 1069) (N.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0029-0018.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
EEOC Press Release: "Judge Orders John Pickle Co. to Pay $1.24 Million to 52 Foreign Workers in 'Human Trafficking' Case" 05/26/2006
EE-OK-0029-0012.pdf | Detail
Amended Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Phase Two) 08/22/2006 (446 F.Supp.2d 1247) (N.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0029-0019.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Final Judgment 10/16/2006 (N.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0029-0013.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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