EEOC v. Marquez Brothers International
EEOC v. Marquez Brothers International
1:17-cv-00044-AWI-EPG

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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  • On September 17, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California approved the settlement of a race discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) against Defendants Marquez Brothers International, Inc., Marquez Brothers Enterprises, Inc., Marquez Brothers Foods, Inc., Marquez Brothers Southern California, Inc., Marquez Brothers Nevada, Inc., and Marquez Brothers Texas I, Inc. (“Marquez Brothers”). In that lawsuit, EEOC alleged that Marquez Brothers violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 (“Title VII”) by engaging in unlawful employment practices in recruiting and hiring on the basis of race.

    The settlement, called a “Consent Decree,” provides for a total of $2 million dollars in monetary payments to a class of eligible job applicants who applied for or expressed interest in unskilled positions at Marquez Brothers and were adversely affected by Marquez Brothers’ recruiting and/or hiring practices. Applicants who identify as Black, White, Asian, Bi-Racial, or Multi-Racial, and who sought employment with Marquez Brothers during the Claims Period from January 1, 2010 through September 17, 2019, may be eligible to receive a monetary award under the Consent Decree.

  • If you are an individual who applied for an unskilled labor position (Cheese Molder, Cheese Demolder, Cheese Cutter, Cooker, Dryer Operator, Finishing Tables, General Labor, Hoop Washer, Janitor, Machine Operator, Packer/Packaging, Production, Sanitation/CIP Operator, and Warehouse Laborer) at a Marquez Brothers manufacturing or distribution facility in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nevada, or Texas during the Claims Period, you may be eligible to participate in the claims process and may be entitled to receive a monetary award under the Consent Decree.

     

  • 1. Complete an online Claim Form here no later than May 1, 2022. The EEOC will use this information to determine your eligibility to receive a settlement award and the amount of the award. Your responses must be provided under oath and penalty of perjury. Your responses will be kept confidential to the fullest extent possible. If EEOC determines that you are eligible for a monetary award, you will be sent a notification letter, which will include a release of claims that you must sign and return to receive a monetary award. We do not yet know how many claimants there will be, so we do not know exactly how the money will be distributed. Monetary awards will be distributed as soon as possible, and between August 2020 and September 2022. The EEOC keeps none of the settlement money.

    2. Do nothing. By doing nothing, you will not receive any money from the settlement and will retain your right, if you have such a right, to sue Marquez Brothers on claims that it violated Title VII by discriminating against you based on race at your own cost.

  • In order to facilitate the settlement process, EEOC is working with Claims Administrator JND Legal Administration to collect information and distribute settlement funds. Questions regarding making a claim and/or filling out the claims form should be directed to the EEOC at TRACY.VILLEMARETTE@EEOC.GOV. Please do not contact the Court or Marquez Brothers concerning the Claims Process. The EEOC has sole discretion to determine your eligibility for a settlement award, the amount of any such award, and the timing of the award.

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EEOC v. Marquez Brothers International Administrator
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91231
Seattle, WA 98111