Case: EEOC v. LAND O' LAKES, INC.

0:06-cv-03828 | U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Filed Date: Sept. 25, 2006

Closed Date: Feb. 9, 2009

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Case Summary

The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Land O'Lakes, Inc. in September of 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit alleged retaliation in violation of Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment, and the Equal Pay Act. The defendant forced terminated employees to sign a statement that they had never filed a complaint with the EEOC and at the time they did not intend to file a complaint in the future. If they refused to sign the d…

The Chicago District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Land O'Lakes, Inc. in September of 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit alleged retaliation in violation of Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment, and the Equal Pay Act. The defendant forced terminated employees to sign a statement that they had never filed a complaint with the EEOC and at the time they did not intend to file a complaint in the future. If they refused to sign the document or could not because they had previously filed a compliant then their severance package was reduced. The suit was resolved on February 9, 2007 by a consent decree.

The consent decree contained both monetary and injunctive relief. The defendant was required to offer anybody who did not sign the document and received a lower severance pay the same severance pay as they would have received if they were to have signed the document. The injunctive relief mainly consisted of sending notice to all who signed or refused to sign the Separation and Release Agreement. In this notice the defendant was to inform them that they were able to file a complaint with the EEOC and that the time limitations on a discrimination charge were tolled. They each had 300 days to file a complaint. In addition the defendant was required to send the EEOC a copy of the names of anybody who they sent the letters to. The consent decree is to last for two years. The docket sheet doesn't show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2009.

Summary Authors

Alex Bean (8/10/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

0:06-cv-03828

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Feb. 9, 2007

Feb. 9, 2007

Docket
1-1

0:06-cv-03828

Complaint

EEOC v. Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Sept. 25, 2006

Sept. 25, 2006

Complaint
3-1

0:06-cv-03828

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Feb. 5, 2007

Feb. 5, 2007

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 12, 2022, 3:15 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT with Jury Demand against Land O'Lakes, Inc. assigned to Judge Ann D Montgomery per Civil Rights List and referred to Magistrate Judge Janie S Mayeron , filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(kt) (Entered: 09/25/2006)

Sept. 25, 2006

Sept. 25, 2006

2

Summons Issued as to Land O'Lakes, Inc. (kt) (Entered: 09/25/2006)

Sept. 25, 2006

Sept. 25, 2006

3

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT (Consent Decree) by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Land O'Lakes, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service)(Vasichek, Laurie) (Entered: 02/05/2007)

Feb. 5, 2007

Feb. 5, 2007

4

ORDER OF RECUSAL. Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron recused. Case reassigned to Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan for all further proceedings. New case number is 06cv3828 ADM/AJB. Signed by Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron on 2/7/07. (JME) (Entered: 02/07/2007)

Feb. 7, 2007

Feb. 7, 2007

5

CONSENT JUDGMENT. Signed by Judge Ann D. Montgomery on 2/9/07. (kt) (Entered: 02/09/2007)

Feb. 9, 2007

Feb. 9, 2007

Case Details

State / Territory: Minnesota

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 25, 2006

Closing Date: Feb. 9, 2009

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

Land O'Lakes, Inc. (Arden Hills, MN), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.

Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)

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

Order Duration: 2007 - 2009

Content of Injunction:

Monitoring

Reporting

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Pay / Benefits

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits