IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HOURLY EMPLOYEES OF THE KRAFT PHILADELPHIA BAKERY
A court-approved Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement in the case of Davis, et al. v. Kraft Foods North America, Inc. has been mailed to each class member. For a copy of that notice, CLICK HERE. Please read the entire notice carefully. It includes information about your rights as a class member. If you were an African-American hourly employee of the Kraft Bakery located at 12000 E. Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia, PA between November 3, 1999 and December 31, 2006, your rights are affected.

Background Information About the Case

A lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging racially discriminatory discipline at the Kraft Bakery located at 12000 E. Roosevelt Boulevard between November 2, 1999 and December 31, 2006. Kraft denied the allegations in the complaint and asserted defenses to each claim for relief.

A proposed settlement has been reached on behalf of a class of all African-American hourly employees who worked at the Kraft Philadelphia Bakery from November 3, 1999 to December 31, 2006.

On May 2, 2007, the parties signed a settlement agreement which affects all class members. For a copy of that agreement, CLICK HERE.

On April 30, 2007, the Federal District Court granted preliminary approval to this settlement, and ordered that a formal notice of the terms of the settlement agreement be mailed by first class mail to every class member. For a copy of that Order, CLICK HERE. Please note that since entry of the Order, the hearing date has changed to July 27, 2007.

This agreement, to be effective, must be approved by the Federal District Court at a hearing. The Court has scheduled that hearing for July 27, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at 601 Market Street, Courtroom 6B, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. Any class member may (but is not required to) attend that hearing and state reasons in support of or in opposition to the proposed settlement. If you would like to do so, there are procedures that class members must follow, which are explained in the documents linked below.

At the July 27, 2007 hearing, plaintiffs’ counsel will also request the Court award counsel fees and reimbursement of costs. Those are explained in more detail in the class notice, above. Every class member has the right to either support or oppose that request, by following the procedures outlined in the class notice and in the April 30, 2007 Order.

If you have further questions about this case, please contact one of the following:

Joseph C. Kohn
Hadley Perkins Roeltgen
Counsel for plaintiffs and the Class
Robert T. Vance
Counsel for plaintiffs and the Class