MITSUBISHI MOTOR MANUFACTURING AND EEOC REACH VOLUNTARY AGREEMENT TO SETTLE HARASSMENT SUIT
NORMAL AND CHICAGO, ILL. — Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, Inc. (MMMA) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that they have reached a $34 million settlement, subject to court approval, that resolves all claims in the lawsuit filed on April 9, 1996, by the EEOC on behalf of a class of current and former MMMA employees who were subjected to an alleged pattern and practice of sexual harassment at MMMA’s Normal, Illinois, manufacturing plant since 1990.
The terms of the settlement are in a proposed Consent Decree to be submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and will be in effect for three years from the date of final Court approval.
At the joint request of the parties, U.S. District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade appointed a “special master,” Judge Abner Mikva, on April 16, 1998, to facilitate settlement discussion which led to the proposed Consent Decree.
Judge Mikva said: “This is a fair settlement designed to accelerate the creation of a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. The lawyers representing Mitsubishi and the EEOC did an outstanding job of representing their interests. They insisted on principle, but recognized the need to find common ground. This is a win-win situation for the company, for the EEOC and, most of all, for the employees.” Read more…