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Case Name EEOC v. Cognis Chemical Company EE-OH-0020
Docket / Court C-1-03-677 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In October 2003, the EEOC district office in Cleveland, Ohio brought this suit against the Cognis Corporation and an individual supervisor in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. A Black male former employee intervened in the case. The complaints alleged that the defendants ... read more >
In October 2003, the EEOC district office in Cleveland, Ohio brought this suit against the Cognis Corporation and an individual supervisor in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. A Black male former employee intervened in the case. The complaints alleged that the defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they issued negative references to the intervenor's prospective employers in retaliation for previously settling a claim of racial discrimination against the defendants. After cursory discovery and while two defense motions for dismissal were pending, the parties settled and the case was dismissed in November 2004 pending settlement consumation. No settlement documentation is available.

Joel Pettit - 07/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Cognis Corporation
George E. Cerniglia
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:03-cv-00677-SAS (S.D. Ohio) 11/18/2004
EE-OH-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/01/2003
EE-OH-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor Complaint with Jury Trial 11/24/2003
EE-OH-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Amended Intervener Complaint with Jury Trial 02/12/2004
EE-OH-0020-0003.pdf | Detail
Order [dismissal] 11/18/2004 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0020-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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