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Case Name Koren v. Ohio Bell Telephone Company EE-OH-0111
Docket / Court 1:11-CV-2674 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Case Summary
On December 9, 2011, an openly gay former employee of Ohio Bell Telephone Company filed suit in U.S District Court for the Northern District of Ohio alleging that he had been dismissed in violation of both state and federal law. Specifically, Mr. Koren, who had taken the name of his husband, ... read more >
On December 9, 2011, an openly gay former employee of Ohio Bell Telephone Company filed suit in U.S District Court for the Northern District of Ohio alleging that he had been dismissed in violation of both state and federal law. Specifically, Mr. Koren, who had taken the name of his husband, alleged that Ohio Bell violated the ADA, multiple sections of the Ohio Civil Rights Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it dismissed him under the guise of missing days of work when in reality he was fired because his actions did not conform to the gender stereotype and he had AIDS.

On August 14, 2012, the court denied Defendants' motion for summary judgment. The case was dismissed after a settlement was reached on September 7, 2012.

Chris MacColl - 03/22/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Medical/Mental Health
HIV/AIDS
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Ohio Bell Telephone Company
Plaintiff Description Former employee of defendant
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Docket(s)
1:11-cv-2674 (N.D. Ohio) 09/07/2012
EE-OH-0111-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/09/2011
EE-OH-0111-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
OPINION & ORDER (denying defendant's motion for summary judgment) 08/14/2012 (894 F.Supp.2d 1032) (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0111-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Settled and Dismissed with Prejudice) 03/22/2014 (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0111-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Gwin, James S. (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0111-0002 | EE-OH-0111-0003 | EE-OH-0111-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Krupar, Angela D. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0111-9000
Selby, Richard N. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0111-0001 | EE-OH-0111-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bulea, Donald C. (Ohio)
EE-OH-0111-9000
Kaminski, Kerin L (Ohio)
EE-OH-0111-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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