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Case Name EEOC v. Bay State Milling Company EE-FL-0161
Docket / Court 2:12-cv-14439-DLG ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization EEOC
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
After an unsuccessful attempt to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, on January 25, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Bay State Milling Company, a major ... read more >
After an unsuccessful attempt to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, on January 25, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Bay State Milling Company, a major flour and grain producer. The EEOC alleged violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Specifically, the EEOC alleged that Bay State Milling discriminated against a qualified applicant when the hiring manager rejected him for the position because of his age. The hiring manager informed the applicant of the company's desire to hire a younger individual for the job. The company ultimately hired a 22-year-old with less experience than the applicant. The EEOC sought injunctive and monetary relief as well reinstatement of the affected individual. District Judge Donald L. Graham was assigned to this case.

The parties agreed upon a settlement agreement on November 12, 2013. The two-year consent decree settling the lawsuit, approved by the court on December 10, 2013, includes injunctive relief to ban the defendant from considering age as a factor when making hiring decisions, mandatory training for the hiring manager, interviewing officials and the company's human resources department, with an emphasis on age-related discriminatory practices and age sensitivity. The decree also provides for a number of reporting requirements, which subject the company to additional monitoring by the EEOC for a period of two years. The monetary award was $80,185.66, which includes back pay and liquidated damages.

On May 5, 2014, the plaintiff, the affected individual, moved to vacate the settlement, proceeding pro se because of a dispute in the settlement amount. Bay State opposed the plaintiff’s motion.

On July 25, 2014, the matter was referred to Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman who issued a Report and Recommendation.

On August 17, 2014, District Judge Graham adopted the Magistrate’s reports. He denied the plaintiff’s motion to vacate the settlement agreement and granted in part and denied in part Bay State’s motion to enforce settlement by: (i) ordering the plaintiff to execute a W-9 form; (ii) requiring Bay State to, as soon as practicable, pay the plaintiff after he provides Bay State with his W-9 form; and (iii) denying Bay State's request for attorney's fees.

This case is closed.

Susie Choi - 03/08/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reinstatement
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219
Defendant(s) Bay State Milling Company
Plaintiff Description EEOC
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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 2013 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2015
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)
2:12-cv-14439-DLG (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/18/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:13-cv-14032 (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-9002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/18/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:12−cv−14439−DLG (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-9003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/18/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-FL-0161-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/10/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint
EE-FL-0161-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/25/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Defendant's Motion to Compel (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/18/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint
EE-FL-0161-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/23/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/10/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Bay State Milling Company to Pay $80K to Settle EEOC Hiring Discrimination Case
EE-FL-0161-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/11/2013
Source: EEOC.gov
Order and Omnibus Report and Recommendations on Cross-Motions Regarding Vacating or Enforcing Settlement (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/25/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Motion to Demonstrate Compliance with Consent Decree] (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/12/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [denying motion to vacate and adopting report and recommendation] (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/17/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Goodman, Jonathan (S.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0161-0004 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9002
Graham, Donald L. (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0161-0003 | EE-FL-0161-0005 | EE-FL-0161-0009 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Lynch, Frank J. Jr. (S.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0161-0002 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Golson, Aarin Benatra (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-0001 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0161-0001 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Lopez, P. David (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0161-0001 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
McCoy, Kimberly Anne (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
McCoy-Cruz, Kimberly A. (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-0001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0161-0001 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Schofield, Arthur (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-0008 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Scott, Cathleen Ann (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-0007 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Wagner, Lindsey (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-0007 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Weisberg, Robert E. (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-0001 | EE-FL-0161-0003 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Defendant's Lawyers Jones, Jeremiah Richard (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Lucas, Kim M. (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Santoro, Thomas Mead (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Schwartz, Jennifer A. (Florida)
EE-FL-0161-0003 | EE-FL-0161-9001 | EE-FL-0161-9002 | EE-FL-0161-9003
Other Lawyers None on record

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