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Case Name EEOC v. SARA LEE CORPORATION d/b/a SARA LEE BAKERY GROUP EE-SD-0009
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-04176-LLP ( D.S.D. )
State/Territory South Dakota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Chicago and Minneapolis offices of the EEOC brought this suit against Sara Lee Corporation, d/b/a Sara Lee Bakery Group, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota in September 2006. The complaint alleged racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act ... read more >
The Chicago and Minneapolis offices of the EEOC brought this suit against Sara Lee Corporation, d/b/a Sara Lee Bakery Group, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota in September 2006. The complaint alleged racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More specifically, the complaint filed by the EEOC alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by failing to promote them because of their race, Black. The claimants subsequently filed complaints as intervenor plaintiffs. In addition to the claims included in the EEOC complaint, the intervenor complaint alleged that the defendant retaliated against the claimants for complaining about the discrimination, the defendant created a hostile work environment, and the defendant constructively discharged the claimants. The intervenor complaint also made claims under South Dakota law. While there has been considerable discovery and the judge approved a joint protective order, the case was ongoing as of April 22, 2008.

Justin Kanter - 06/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Sara Lee Corporation
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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar 1, 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)
4:06-cv-04176-LLP (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/08/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-SD-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/26/2006
Intervenor's Complaint
EE-SD-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/12/2006
EEOC's Amended Complaint
EE-SD-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/29/2007
Protective Order for Confidentiality (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0009-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/20/2007
Judges Piersol, Lawrence L. Court not on record
EE-SD-0009-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Hoy, Scott G. (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Kamp, Jean P. (Illinois)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Strain, Micheal W. (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Vasichek, Laurie A. (Minnesota)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Connolly, Katie M (Minnesota)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Leonard, Michael I. (Illinois)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Lewis, Donald M (Minnesota)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Lindsey, Kevin M (Minnesota)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Marso, Lisa Hansen (South Dakota)
EE-SD-0009-9000
Tilson, Joseph E (Illinois)
EE-SD-0009-9000

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