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Case Name Mathers v. Northshore Mining. Co. EE-MN-0077
Docket / Court 0:99-cv-01938 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On December 3, 1999, a female employee of the Northshore Mining Company filed a class action complaint under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and the Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA"), Minn. Stat. § 363.01 et. seq. against the Minnesota corporation Northshore ... read more >
On December 3, 1999, a female employee of the Northshore Mining Company filed a class action complaint under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and the Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA"), Minn. Stat. § 363.01 et. seq. against the Minnesota corporation Northshore Mining Company in the United States District Court of the District of Minnesota.

The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, charging the Company with discriminating against women in terms of training, promotions and overtime pay. The plaintiffs claimed through expert statistical analysis that between 1994 and 2000, female hourly workers at Northshore on average received $2,920 less regular pay and $821 less overtime pay than their male counterparts. Also, on average it took women longer to receive promotions at Northshore than it did male employees.

During the summer of 2002, the parties briefed and filed motions for class certification and summary judgment. On September 15, 2003, the court (Judge Michael J. Davis) conditionally granted the Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification. The class was conditionally certified as: All hourly and non-exempt females employed by Northshore Mining Company on or after April 24, 1998, who had been, were being or would be discriminated against with regard to the terms and conditions of their employment because of their gender. Also on that date, Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment was denied.

On February 21, 2006, the court (Judge Davis) issued the Order for Final Approval of Class Settlement. The agreement provided for injunctive and monetary relief, consisting of implementing a variety of changes relating to its training, promotion and job assignment policies, to be effective no later than sixty days after the Final Approval Date. Northshore Mining Company also agreed to pay the sum of $1,300,000.00 to be divided accordingly amongst interested parties. The details of the distribution were specified in the Settlement Agreement (93).

Nathaniel Koslof - 07/25/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Promotion
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Northshore Mining Company
Plaintiff Description All hourly and non-exempt females employed by Northshore Mining Company on or after April 24, 1998, who had been, were being or would be discriminated against with regard to the terms and conditions of their employment because of their gender.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
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)
0:99−cv−01938 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/21/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Certification of Class and Denial of Motion for Summary Judgment (217 F.R.D. 474) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/15/2003
STIPULATION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL CLASS NOTICE AND RIGHT TO EXCLUSION AND ORDER (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/29/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Stipulation for Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement And Class Action Settlement Notice
EE-MN-0077-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Preliminary Approval of Class Settlement (2005 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 40424) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-0006.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 11/07/2005
Source: LexisNexis
AMENDED ORDER FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS SETTLEMENT (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/10/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Final Approval of Class Settlement (2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 6980) (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-0005.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/21/2006
Source: LexisNexis
Judges Davis, Michael James (FISC, D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-0002 | EE-MN-0077-0003 | EE-MN-0077-0004 | EE-MN-0077-0005 | EE-MN-0077-0006 | EE-MN-0077-9000
Erickson, Raymond L. (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0077-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Mihalek, Joseph J. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0077-0001 | EE-MN-0077-0004 | EE-MN-0077-0005 | EE-MN-0077-0006 | EE-MN-0077-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bray, Kathleen S. (Minnesota)
EE-MN-0077-0001 | EE-MN-0077-0004 | EE-MN-0077-0005 | EE-MN-0077-0006 | EE-MN-0077-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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