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Case Name EEOC v. Honda of America EE-OH-0034
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-00233-MHW-TPK ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 27, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Honda of America, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The EEOC's complaint alleged that an individual female employee at Honda had suffered from discriminatory employment ... read more >
On March 27, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Honda of America, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The EEOC's complaint alleged that an individual female employee at Honda had suffered from discriminatory employment practices because of her gender, and that she had subsequently been terminated from employment when she opposed the discriminatory treatment. The complaint was brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In July 2006, the complainant intervened, adding causes of action under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 as well as various state law claims and additional discrimination claims under Title VII. The EEOC sought injunctive and monetary relief. The case was assigned to Judge Michael H. Watson.

On June 12, 2006, the underlying plaintiff moved to intervene to join the EEOC as a second plaintiff. On July 6, 2006, the court granted the motion. The intervenor's complaint alleged essentially the same claims as the original plaintiff-gender discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment-and sought the same types of reliefs.

Between June 2006 and May 2008, the parties engaged in discovery. Meanwhile, on January 18, 2008, Honda moved for summary judgment.

On May 21, 2008, the parties reached a settlement agreement. The defendant also requested that the order for settlement be sealed. Judge Watson granted the motion to seal, but did not give a reason except that Honda had shown "good cause." We do not have any information about the contents of the settlement. The same day, Honda moved for enforcement of the settlement agreement, attorney fees, and dismissal of the case. On March 31, 2009, Judge Watson wrote a sealed opinion and order granting this motion to enforce Settlement.

On June 2, 2008, EEOC asked the court to reconsider its previous approval of Honda's request to seal the settlement document. But, on October 27, 2008, Judge Watson denied EEOC's motion, thereby allowing Honda to keep confidential certain settlement terms.

On September 10, 2008, the court denied the defendant's request for summary judgment (motion from January 18, 2008), explaining that the court had ceased work on the defendant's pending motion for summary judgment once the parties settled.

On March 31, 2009, the court ordered a final judgment in favor of Honda and dismissed the case. The court also noted that it would retain jurisdiction to enforce the May 12, 2008 settlement agreement, and to reopen the case for good cause shown if the terms of the settlement agreements are not fulfilled. The case is closed.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/30/2008
Sean Whetstone - 07/09/2018
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Honda of America Mfg Inc
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a private plaintiff who alleged that Honda engaged in gender discrimination.
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2009 - n/a
Filed 03/27/2006
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
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2:06-cv-00233-MHW-TPK (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/12/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 2]
EE-OH-0034-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/27/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff-Intervener's Verified Complaint
EE-OH-0034-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/06/2006
Order [Regarding Non-Party's Motion to Quash] (2006 WL 2934072) (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/12/2006
Source: Westlaw
Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion to Quash] (2007 WL 682088) (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/28/2007
Source: Westlaw
Order [Denying Leave to File an Amended Complaint] (2007 WL 1024426) (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/29/2007
Source: Westlaw
Opinion and Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Partial Dismissal] (2007 WL 1541364) (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 05/23/2007
Source: Westlaw
Order [Denying Second Motion to Amend] (2007 WL 4248204) (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/30/2007
Source: Westlaw
Opinion and Order (2008 WL 440437) (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/13/2008
Source: Westlaw
Judgment in a Civil Case [ECF# 163] (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/31/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Kemp, Terence Peter (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
EE-OH-0034-0006 | EE-OH-0034-0007 | EE-OH-0034-0008 | EE-OH-0034-9000
Watson, Michael H. (S.D. Ohio) show/hide docs
EE-OH-0034-0010 | EE-OH-0034-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Banks, Charlene R. (Florida) show/hide docs
Colbert, Valerie Lynn (Ohio) show/hide docs
Gary, Willie E. (Florida) show/hide docs
Greene, James R. III (Ohio) show/hide docs
Hoffler, Tricia P. (Florida) show/hide docs
Mays, Lawrence (Ohio) show/hide docs
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
Nolan, Debra S. (Florida) show/hide docs
Stern, Jefferey A (Ohio) show/hide docs
Watson, C. Larry (Ohio) show/hide docs
Defendant's Lawyers Birmingham, John F. Jr. (Michigan) show/hide docs
Morrison, Sarah Daggett (Ohio) show/hide docs
Phillips, Philip B. (Michigan) show/hide docs
Ray, Frank Allen (Ohio) show/hide docs
Sennett, Nancy J. (Wisconsin) show/hide docs
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