IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
April 3, 2012
OSHALAMIBI I.A. ZANNU EL, EX REL.
TRACEY A. REDMOND, PLAINTIFF,
CATERPILLAR, INC., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Following the issuance of this Court's brief March 13 memorandum order, pro se plaintiff Oshalamibi Zannu EL ("Zannu EL") has obtained a right-to-sue letter from EEOC and has filed an Amended Complaint ("AC") to supplant his originally-filed Complaint of Employment Discrimination that had employed the printed form provided by this District Court's Clerk's Office for use by plaintiffs without legal representation. This Court grants Zannu EL's In Forma Pauperis Application, so that this action may go forward against Caterpillar, Inc. ("Caterpillar").*fn1
Zannu EL has provided a great deal of evidentiary detail as to the nature of his asserted employment discrimination claim in AC Count I ¶¶4 through 8, Count II ¶¶2 and 3, Count III ¶¶2 and 3 and Count IV ¶¶2 and 3, all of which Caterpillar must answer. But the same cannot be said as to Zannu EL's extended statements as to the law and legal authorities in the rest of the AC, assertions that need not be responded to by Caterpillar.
This Court is contemporaneously issuing its customary initial scheduling order, which sets a status hearing date that should allow time for the service of process on Caterpillar and for its filing of a responsive pleading. At that date this Court will expect Zannu EL (if he has not previously obtained counsel to represent him) and Caterpillar's counsel to appear.