A recent case from Ohio highlights the evolution of both “cat’s paw” liability and “gender stereotyping” claims in employment litigation. In Koren v. The Ohio Bell Telephone Company, No. 1:11-cv-2674 (N.D.Ohio Aug. 14, 2012), plaintiff Jason Koren, then known as Jason Cabot, first worked for Ohio Bell from 2000 to 2006. He told his co-workers he was gay and had AIDS. He left his employment on good terms and subsequently married his partner in Massachusetts, taking his husband’s last name of Koren. Koren was rehired by Ohio Bell as a sales consultant in 2009. Koren alleged one of his managers refused to recognize his marriage or name change and persisted in calling him Cabot. Koren also described a number of allegedly discriminatory job actions. In 2009, Koren’s father died, and he missed nine days of work. Ohio Bell terminated Koren for excessive absences. He sued for gender and disability discrimination under Federal and Ohio law.
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