Case: United States v. Board of County Commissioners of Ashtabula County

1:99-cv-02807 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Filed Date: Nov. 17, 1999

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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 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 …

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.

Summary Authors

Jennifer Hau (10/15/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Gaughan, Patricia Anne (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Curran, Stephen J. (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Friedman, Avery S. (Ohio)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Sweeney, Emily M. (Ohio)

Yang, Jenny R. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Reid, Timothy T. (Ohio)

Sartini, Thomas E. (Massachusetts)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Gaughan, Patricia Anne (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Curran, Stephen J. (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Friedman, Avery S. (Ohio)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Sweeney, Emily M. (Ohio)

Yang, Jenny R. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Reid, Timothy T. (Ohio)

Sartini, Thomas E. (Massachusetts)

Other Attorney(s)

Myers, Kenneth D. (Ohio)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

United States v. William R. Johnson and Board of County Commissioners of Ashtabula County

April 9, 2001 Docket
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Complaint

United States v. William R. Johnson and Board of County Commissioners of Ashtabula County

Nov. 17, 1999 Complaint
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Consent Decree

United States v. William R. Johnson and Board of County Commissioners of Ashtabula County

Sept. 28, 2000 Settlement Agreement

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link

FILING FEE: WAIVED (M,K A.) (Entered: 11/18/1999)

Nov. 17, 1999

ASSIGNMENT OF MAGISTRATE JUDGE pursuant to Local Rule 3.1, Assignment of Cases. In the event of referral this case will be referred to Mag. Judge Jack B. Streepy . 1 pg (V,K) (Entered: 11/19/1999)

Nov. 17, 1999
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COMPLAINT; jury demand (Service: summons & magistrate consent form issd) (5 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 11/19/1999)

Nov. 17, 1999
2

CIS filed by USA. ECF Req. By Jenny R. Yang; Recommended Track: Standard. (1 pg) (V,K) (Entered: 11/19/1999)

Nov. 17, 1999
3

ANSWER to Complaint by Ashtabula Bd Comr; jury demand ( 3 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 12/13/1999)

Dec. 10, 1999
4

ANSWER to Complaint by William R Johnson; jury demand ( 3 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 12/13/1999)

Dec. 10, 1999
5

MOTION by plaintiff for attorney Jenny R. Yang and Stephen J. Curran to appear pro hac vice ( 3 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 12/28/1999)

Dec. 27, 1999
6

DECLARATION of Jenny R. Yang by plaintiff USA re motion for attorney Jenny R. Yang and Stephen J. Curran to appear pro hac vice [5-1] ( 2 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 12/28/1999)

Dec. 27, 1999
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DECLARATION of Stephen J. Curran by plaintiff re motion for attorney Jenny R. Yang and Stephen J. Curran to appear pro hac vice [5-1] ( 2 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 12/28/1999)

Dec. 27, 1999

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER granting mot for attys Jenny R. Yang and Stephen J. Curran to appear pro hac vice [5-1]. (issd 1/4/00) Judge Donald C. Nugent [EOD Date: 1/4/00] (V,K) (Entered: 01/04/2000)

Dec. 30, 1999
8

CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE scheduling order. CMC set 2:15 p.m. on 2/23/00 (issued on 1/26/00) ( 8 pgs) Judge Donald C. Nugent [EOD Date: 1/27/00] (W,J) (Entered: 01/27/2000)

Jan. 27, 2000
9

MOTION by Celicia Dibble for lv to intervene of right and for other relief. (5 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 02/03/2000)

Feb. 2, 2000
10

MOTION (COPY) by non-party Celecia E. Dibble to transfer case to Judge John M. Manos. (7 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 02/16/2000)

Feb. 2, 2000
11

DISCOVERY PLAN RE: FRCP 26 by pltf & defts ( 4 pgs) (B,E J) (Entered: 02/17/2000)

Feb. 17, 2000
12

BRIEF by William R Johnson, Ashtabula Bd Comr in opposition to motion by non-party Celecia E. Dibble to transfer case to Judge John M. Manos. [10-1] ( 5 pgs) (B,E J) (Entered: 02/29/2000)

Feb. 28, 2000
13

ORDER. Purs to L.R. 3.1.(b)(3) case transferred to Judge John M. Manos. (issd) (2 pgs) Judge Donald C. Nugent [EOD Date: 3/7/00] (V,K) (Entered: 03/07/2000)

March 6, 2000
14

NOTICE by defts of depo of Cecilia Dibble on 3/27/00 & prodctn of witness. ( 3 pgs) (B,B) (Entered: 03/10/2000)

March 9, 2000
15

NOTICE of hearing in room: 3301 Key Tower, before: Judge Manos status hearing 1:30 4/10/00 (issued on 3/17/00) ( 1 pgs) (K,V) (Entered: 03/17/2000)

March 17, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER granting mot by Celicia Dibble for lv to intervene of right and for other relief [9-1]. (issd 4/4/00) Judge John M. Manos [EOD Date: 4/4/00] (V,K) (Entered: 04/04/2000)

April 3, 2000
16

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE on behalf of pltf by atty Avery S. Friedman. (2 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 04/04/2000)

April 3, 2000
17

MINUTES of proceedings before Judge John M. Manos; Court Reporter: none. Status conf held 4/3/00; discovery cutoff date is 7/10/00. Trial immed after Timothy Dibble's trial (1:99cv2613) sched 7/17/00. (1 pg) (V,K) (Entered: 04/04/2000)

April 3, 2000
32

INTERVENOR'S COMPLAINT w/jury demand filed by intvp Celicia Dibble. (19 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 07/26/2000)

April 3, 2000
18

NOTICE OF SUBMISSION by defendants of discovery responses to pltf on 5/8/00 (2 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 05/11/2000)

May 9, 2000
19

NOTICE OF SUBMISSION by defts of discovery to pltf on 6/23/00. (2 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 06/28/2000)

June 27, 2000
20

MOTION by deft for lv to file attached ans instanter to intv cmp. (3 pgs & ans) (V,K) (Entered: 06/28/2000)

June 27, 2000
21

MOTION by defts for order to remove pltf's cnsl; NOTICE of Celecia Dibble's alteration of medical records & perpetuation of fraud upon the Ct; & MOTION for sanctions ( 59 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 06/29/2000)

June 28, 2000
22

MOTION by defts for lv to submit affidavit in supp of mtn for sanctions under seal (Affidavit submitted under seal attached) ( attach & 2 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 06/29/2000)

June 28, 2000
23

RESPONSE by plaintiff to motion by defts for order to remove pltf's cnsl; [21-1] ( 13 pgs) (K,V) (Entered: 07/03/2000)

July 3, 2000
24

DECLARATION by plaintiff re: response to defts' mot to remove pltf's counsel [23-1] ( 34 pgs) (K,V) (Entered: 07/03/2000)

July 3, 2000
25

RESPONSE by intvp Celicia E Dibble to motion by defts for order to remove pltf's cnsl; [21-1], & to motion for sanctions [21-2] AND (H,D) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

July 5, 2000
25

MOTION by intvp Celicia E Dibble to strike 6/22/00 depo of pltf-intervenor , in limine , & for sanctions against defts & their cnsl. ( 71 pgs) (H,D) (Entered: 07/06/2000)

July 5, 2000
26

MINUTES of proceedings before Judge John M. Manos: conf held; disc up until 7/24/00; trial 7/24/00 in 1:99cv2613; Court reporter Marian Banno ( 1 pg) (M,EJ) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 5, 2000
27

NOTICE OF SUBMISSION by defts of resps to pltf's disc req. (2 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 10, 2000
28

TRIAL ORDER scheduling trial at 9:00 a.m. on 8/21/00; 4 copies of trial brfs shall be filed with the Ct on 8/11/00, etc. (issued on 7/20/00) ( 2 pgs) Judge John M. Manos [EOD Date: 7/24/00] (M,J A A) (Entered: 07/24/2000)

July 20, 2000
29

MOTION by intvp Celecia Dibble for lv to file amd complt. (Amd Complt attached) ( attach & 3 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 07/25/2000)

July 24, 2000
30

MOTION by pltf for lv to file amd complt. (Amd Complt attached) ( attach & 2 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 07/25/2000)

July 24, 2000
31

MEMORANDUM by pltf in support of its mtn for lv to file amd complt. [30-1] ( 6 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 07/25/2000)

July 24, 2000
33

MOTION by defts for lv to ans amended complts & to file a cntrclm. (Answer to Amd Complt & Answer to intervenor pltf's comply & cntrclm attached) ( attach & 7 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 08/01/2000)

Aug. 1, 2000
34

RESPONSE by intervenor-pltf Celicia E Dibble to defts' mtn for lv to file cntrclm & demand for jury trial [33-1] ( 5 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 08/07/2000)

Aug. 4, 2000
35

RESPONSE Memo by pltf USA in opp to defts' mtn for lv to file a cntrclm & demand a jury trial. [33-1] ( 12 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 08/07/2000)

Aug. 4, 2000
36

PROPOSED Jury instructions by defts. ( 35 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 08/07/2000)

Aug. 4, 2000
37

PROPOSED VOIR DIRE Questions by defts. ( 5 pgs) (M,J A A) (Entered: 08/07/2000)

Aug. 4, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER: granting motion by deft for lv to file attached ans instanter to intv cmp. [20-1] (issued on 8/10/00) Judge John M. Manos [EOD Date: 8/9/00] (S,R) (Entered: 08/09/2000)

Aug. 7, 2000
43

ANSWER to Complaint by defendants; jury demand (7 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 08/16/2000)

Aug. 7, 2000
38

PRE-TRIAL PROPOSED FINDINGS of fact and conclusions of law of plaintiff ( 33 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 08/12/2000)

Aug. 11, 2000
39

TRIAL brief by plaintiff ( 36 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 08/12/2000)

Aug. 11, 2000
40

TRIAL brief by intervenor-plaintiff Celicia E Dibble ( 4 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 08/12/2000)

Aug. 11, 2000
41

PROPOSED FINDINGS of fact and conclusions of law of intervenor-plaintiff Celicia E Dibble ( 2 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 08/12/2000)

Aug. 11, 2000
42

TRIAL brief by defts, including witness & exhibit lists ( 15 pgs) (M,EJ) (Entered: 08/14/2000)

Aug. 11, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER: granting motion by defts for lv to submit affidavit in supp of mtn for sanctions under seal [22- 1] (issued on 8/17/00) Judge John M. Manos [EOD Date: 8/17/00] (S,R) (Entered: 08/17/2000)

Aug. 16, 2000
44

AFFIDAVIT of Timothy T. Reid (6 pgs) (FILED UNDER SEAL) (S,R) (Entered: 08/17/2000)

Aug. 16, 2000
45

NOTICE OF submission by defts of disc resps on 8/18/00 ( 2 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 08/21/2000)

Aug. 18, 2000
46

RESPONSE by defts to pltf United States' mot in limine to exclude defts' witnesses and exhs. (6 pgs) (V,K) (Entered: 08/21/2000)

Aug. 18, 2000
47

MOTION by USA in limine precluding defts from presenting at trial various witnesses & exhibits. ( 4 pgs) (H,D) (Entered: 08/21/2000)

Aug. 18, 2000
48

MEMORANDUM by USA in support of motion by USA in limine precluding defts from presenting at trial various witnesses & exhibits. [47-1] ( 39 pgs) (H,D) (Entered: 08/21/2000)

Aug. 18, 2000
49

ORDER purs to L.R. 3.1(b). Case reassigned to Judge Patricia A. Gaughan. (issd 8/22/00) (1 pg) Judge John M. Manos [EOD Date: 8/22/00] (V,K) (Entered: 08/22/2000)

Aug. 22, 2000
50

REPLY by plaintiff to response to motion by USA in limine precluding defts from presenting at trial various witnesses & exhibits. [47-1] ( 4 pgs) (K,V) (Entered: 08/26/2000)

Aug. 25, 2000
51

REPLY by USA to response to motion by USA in limine precluding defts from presenting at trial various witnesses & exhibits. [47-1] ( 24 pgs) (K,V) (Entered: 08/26/2000)

Aug. 25, 2000
52

ORDER: settlement conf set for 9:30 on 9/27/00 before Judge Gaughan in room 202 (issued on 8/29/00) (1 pg) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 8/30/00] (S,R) (Entered: 08/30/2000)

Aug. 29, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER: granting motion by intvp Celecia Dibble for lv to file amd complt. [29-1] (issued on 9/20/00) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 9/22/00] (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000
53

AMENDED INTERVENOR COMPLAINT by plaintiff/intervenor Celecia E Dibble [32-1] (8 pgs) (S,R) Modified on 09/22/2000 (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER: denying motion by intvp Celicia E Dibble to strike 6/22/00 depo of pltf-intervenor [25-1], in limine [25-2] and for sanctions against defts & their cnsl. [25- 3] (issued on 9/20/00) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 9/22/00] (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER: denying motion by defts for order to remove pltf's cnsl [21-1] and for sanctions [21-2] (issued on 9/20/00) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 9/22/00] (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER: granting motion by pltf for lv to file amd complt. [30-1] (issued on 9/22/00) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 9/22/00] (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000
54

AMENDED COMPLAINT by plaintiff USA [1-1] (5 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000
55

ORDER: motion by defts for lv to ans amended complts & to file a cntrclm gr in part and denied in part [33-1]; dfts are gr leave to answer pltfs' amd cmplts; however, leave to file cntclm is denied (issued on 9/20/00) ( 4 pgs) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 9/22/00] (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000
56

ANSWER to Plantiff-Intervenor's Amended Complaint by defendants; jury demand ( 5 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000
57

ANSWER to Amended Complaint by defendants; jury demand ( 3 pgs) (S,R) (Entered: 09/22/2000)

Sept. 20, 2000

MARGINAL ENTRY ORDER finding the motion by USA in limine precluding defts from presenting at trial various witnesses & exhibits moot [47-1]. Pltf may re-file after the new disc ddl has passed. (issd 9/28/00) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 9/28/00] (V,K) (Entered: 09/28/2000)

Sept. 27, 2000
58

CIVIL MINUTES/ORDER. Settlement conf held; expert discovery ddl is 3/15/01; final pretrial set for 9:00 a.m. on 4/9/01; trial set for 10:00 a.m. on 4/23/01. Non-expert disc ddl is ext to 1/15/01; defts' expert reports due 1/15/01; pltfs' due 2/15/01. (issd 10/3/00) (1 pg) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 10/4/00] (V,K) (Entered: 10/04/2000)

Sept. 27, 2000
59

CONSENT DECREE resolving all issues raised in the amd cmp of US only, etc. (issd 10/3/00) (16 pgs) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 10/4/00] (V,K) (Entered: 10/04/2000)

Sept. 28, 2000
60

ORDER: entry of 9/27/01 is amended to reflect that the consent decree is a final (issued on 4/10/01) (1 pg) Judge Patricia A. Gaughan [EOD Date: 4/13/01] (S,R) (Entered: 04/13/2001)

April 9, 2001

State / Territory: Ohio

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 17, 1999

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States, on behalf of female applicants for Corrections Officer and Corrections Officer/Medical Officer positions

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Ashtabula County, County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2000 - 2004

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female