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.