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Case Name United States v. Board of County Commissioners of Ashtabula County EE-OH-0086
Docket / Court 99-CV-2807 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On November 17, 1999, the United States Department of Justice (the "DOJ") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq., in the Northern District Court of Ohio, Eastern Division, against the Sheriff of Ashtabula County, in his official capacity, and ... read more >
On November 17, 1999, the United States Department of Justice (the "DOJ") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq., in the Northern District Court of Ohio, Eastern Division, against the Sheriff of Ashtabula County, in his official capacity, and the Board of County Commissioners of Ashtabula County. The DOJ asked the court for injunctive and compensatory relief, alleging that the defendant discriminated against female employees on the basis of sex by failing or refusing to hire or consider females for the positions of Corrections Officer and Corrections Officer/Medical Officer and retaliated against an individual female employee for filing a complaint of discrimination with the EEOC.

On April 4, 2000, the Court granted the individual employee's motion to intervene, where she alleged that she was denied employment on the basis of sex and and was retaliated against for engaging in activity protected by Title VII.

On September 28, 2000, the District Court (Judge Patricia Anne Gaughan) entered a Consent Decree between the United States and the Defendant. The Decree enjoins the Defendant from engaging in discriminatory practices on the basis of sex, and from retaliating against anyone who opposes such discriminatory practices. It also lists a series of injunctions that make the selection procedure for Corrections Officer and Corrections Officer/Medical Officer open, fair, and competitive. The Defendant must also retain all records necessary to monitor the implementation of the decree, as well as provide annual reports to the United States. The Court maintained jurisdiction over the matters covered by the Consent Decree for a period of four years, pursuant to its entry.

Jennifer Hau - 10/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Ashtabula County
Plaintiff Description United States, on behalf of female applicants for Corrections Officer and Corrections Officer/Medical Officer positions
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - 2004
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
1:99-CV-02807 (N.D. Ohio) 04/09/2001
EE-OH-0086-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 11/17/1999
EE-OH-0086-0001 PDF | External Link | Detail
Consent Decree 09/27/2000
EE-OH-0086-0002 PDF | External Link | Detail
Judges Gaughan, Patricia Anne (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0086-0002 | EE-OH-0086-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Curran, Stephen J. (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0086-0002 | EE-OH-0086-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0086-0001 | EE-OH-0086-0002 | EE-OH-0086-9000
Friedman, Avery S. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0086-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0086-0001 | EE-OH-0086-0002 | EE-OH-0086-9000
Myers, Kenneth D. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0086-9000
Sweeney, Emily M. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0086-0001
Yang, Jenny R. (District of Columbia)
EE-OH-0086-0001 | EE-OH-0086-0002 | EE-OH-0086-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Reid, Timothy T. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0086-0002 | EE-OH-0086-9000
Sartini, Thomas E. (Massachusetts)
EE-OH-0086-0002 | EE-OH-0086-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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