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Case Name Donelan v. City of Highland Heights EE-KY-0034
Docket / Court 06-CV-225 ( E.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On December 21, 2006, an Air Force reservist filed a lawsuit under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301-4333 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky against City of Highland Heights. The plaintiff sought injunctive and ... read more >
On December 21, 2006, an Air Force reservist filed a lawsuit under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301-4333 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky against City of Highland Heights. The plaintiff sought injunctive and compensatory damages, alleging that the defendant discriminated against him with respect to employment when he enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve.

The complaint alleges that the City of Highland Heights discriminated on the basis of uniformed services employment by: (1) making hostile remarks about the plaintiff's military service; (2) refusing differential pay between a police officer's City wage and military salary; and (3) terminating the plaintiff's employment after his return from a reserve drill. A settlement was reached but the details could not be obtained.

On October 15, 2007, the parties agreed to an entry of dismissal.

Erin Forman - 10/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Parks
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Military status discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. § 4301
Defendant(s) City of Highland Heights
Plaintiff Description Sean P. Donelan, a United States Air Force reservist
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:06-cv-00225-WOB (E.D. Ky.) 10/15/2007
EE-KY-0034-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/21/2006
EE-KY-0034-0001 PDF | Detail
Status Report 09/28/2007
EE-KY-0034-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bertelsman, William Odis (E.D. Ky.)
EE-KY-0034-9000
Wehrman, J. Gregory (E.D. Ky.) [Magistrate]
EE-KY-0034-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Geller, Clare F (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0034-0001 | EE-KY-0034-0002 | EE-KY-0034-9000
Harris, Ondray (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0034-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0034-0001 | EE-KY-0034-0002 | EE-KY-0034-9000
Quantanilla, Victor (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0034-0001 | EE-KY-0034-9000
Tamburo, Esther Gwen (District of Columbia)
EE-KY-0034-0002 | EE-KY-0034-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Franzen , Steven J. (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0034-9000
Green, Amanda Vina (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0034-9000
Sweeney, Thomas A. (Kentucky)
EE-KY-0034-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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