Case: EEOC v. AUSTIN J. DECOSTER (d/b/a DECOSTER FARMS OF IA) and IOWA AG LLC

3:02-cv-03077 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa

Filed Date: Sept. 26, 2002

Closed Date: Oct. 3, 2002

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Case Summary

The EEOC's Milwaukee district office sued Austin J. Decoster and Iowa AG, LLC on September 26, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The complaint alleged that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they allowed sexual harassment of female employees. The parties entered into a consent decree on October 2, 2002 which stipulated that the defendants would pay $1,525,000 in damages and costs, revise and distribute their anti-harassment and discrimination policies, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, implement Title VII training for supervisors dealing with personnel decisions, and annually report complaints and compliance with the consent decree to the EEOC.

Summary Authors

Kevin Wilemon (6/19/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:02-cv-03077

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Decoster, et al

Oct. 3, 2002

Oct. 3, 2002

Docket
1

3:02-cv-03077

Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Austin J. Decoster d/b/a Decoster Farms of Iowa, and Iowa AG, L.L.C.

Sept. 26, 2002

Sept. 26, 2002

Complaint

EEOC and DeCoster Farms Settle Complaint for $1,525,000 [EEOC Press Release]

EEOC v. DeCoster Farms

No Court

Sept. 30, 2002

Sept. 30, 2002

Press Release
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3:02-cv-03077

Judgment and Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Austin J. Decoster d/b/a Decoster Farms of Iowa, and Iowa AG, L.L.C.

Oct. 3, 2002

Oct. 3, 2002

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4246841/eeoc-v-decoster/

Last updated July 23, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL by plaintiff EEOC DES (Entered: 09/26/2002)

Sept. 26, 2002

Sept. 26, 2002

RECAP
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JOINT MOTION for entry of consent decree (proposed order attached) by plaintiff EEOC, defendant Austin J Decoster, defendant Iowa Ag LLC assigned to Chief Judge Mark W. Bennett DES Additional attachment(s) added on 7/21/2006 (src, ). (Entered: 09/30/2002)

Sept. 30, 2002

Sept. 30, 2002

PACER
3

SEALED JOINT MOTION for leave to file document under seal (proposed document attached) by plaintiff EEOC, defendant Austin J Decoster, defendant Iowa Ag LLC assigned to Chief Judge Mark W. Bennett DES Modified on 10/01/2002 (Entered: 09/30/2002)

Sept. 30, 2002

Sept. 30, 2002

PACER
4

ORDER by Chief Judge Mark W. Bennett granting motion for leave to file document under seal [3-1] (cc: all counsel) DES Additional attachment(s) added on 7/21/2006 (src, ). (Entered: 10/02/2002)

Oct. 2, 2002

Oct. 2, 2002

PACER
5

SEALED DOCUMENT by plaintiff EEOC, defendant Austin J Decoster, defendant Iowa Ag LLC DES (Entered: 10/02/2002)

Oct. 2, 2002

Oct. 2, 2002

PACER
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CONSENT DECREE by Chief Judge Mark W. Bennett granting joint motion for entry of consent decree [2-1] (cc: all counsel) DES Additional attachment(s) added on 7/21/2006 (src, ). (Entered: 10/02/2002)

Oct. 2, 2002

Oct. 2, 2002

RECAP
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JUDGMENT: Entered in accordance with Consent Decree terminating case JUDGMENT BOOK 49 ENTRY 30 (cc: all counsel) DES Additional attachment(s) added on 7/21/2006 (src, ). (Entered: 10/03/2002)

Oct. 3, 2002

Oct. 3, 2002

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Iowa

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 26, 2002

Closing Date: Oct. 3, 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Austin J. Decoster, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 1525000

Order Duration: 2002 - 2005

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Retaliation Prohibition

Discrimination Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Monitor/Master

Reporting

Recordkeeping

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits