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Case Name EEOC v. Unitrin Specialty EE-OH-0076
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-0302 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Indianapolis district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this lawsuit against Unitrin Specialty (a business segment of Unitrin, Inc.) and Trinity Universal Insurance Co. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Unitrin, Inc.) in September 2006 in U.S. District Court for ... read more >
The Indianapolis district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this lawsuit against Unitrin Specialty (a business segment of Unitrin, Inc.) and Trinity Universal Insurance Co. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Unitrin, Inc.) in September 2006 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The complaint alleged that an employee had been fired in retaliation for complaining about sex and age discrimination in the workplace, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

In 2006 and 2007, the parties began discovery and started to engage in court-ordered mediation.

On September 22, 2008, Judge Walter Herbert Rice granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment, finding that the plaintiff’s conduct was not actually protected under Title VII 42 U.S.C. § 2000e or the ADEA. Therefore, retaliation in violation of the ADEA or Title VII had not occurred. The defendants then moved for attorney fees on October 3, 2008, but the court denied this request on August 31, 2009.

The case is now closed.

Shankar Viswanathan - 05/29/2008
Sean Whetstone - 05/25/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Trinity Universal Insurance Co.
Trinity Universal Insurance Co.
Unitrin Specialty
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of an alleged victim of employment retaliation.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:06-cv-00302-WHR (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0076-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-OH-0076-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/29/2006
Decision [ECF# 54] (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0076-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/22/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Decision and Entry Overruling Defendants' Motion for Attorney's Fees (Doc. #57) [ECF# 65] (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0076-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Rice, Walter Herbert (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0076-0002 | EE-OH-0076-0003 | EE-OH-0076-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bird, Kenneth L (Indiana)
EE-OH-0076-9000
Eisele, Michelle (Indiana)
EE-OH-0076-9000
Farnsworth, Jo Ann (Indiana)
EE-OH-0076-9000
Young, Laurie A (Indiana)
EE-OH-0076-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Chapman, Diane P (Ohio)
EE-OH-0076-9000
Holcombe, David G (Ohio)
EE-OH-0076-9000
McIntyre, M Scott (Ohio)
EE-OH-0076-9000

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