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Gomez v. Polyone Corporation

United States District Court, Seventh Circuit

December 27, 2013

NICOLASA GOMEZ, Plaintiff,
v.
POLYONE CORPORATION, et al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM ORDER

MILTON I. SHADUR, Senior District Judge.

In response to this Court's written directive that Title VII claimant Nicolasa Gomez ("Gomez") should supplement her Complaint by submitting copies (1) of her Charge of Discrimination ("Charge") referred to in Complaint ¶ 5 and (2) of the EEOC's right-to-sue letter referred to in Complaint ¶ 6, Gomez' counsel has provided copies of the requested documents on December 20. This memorandum order is issued sua sponte because one aspect of Gomez' currently asserted claims is precluded by the contents of her Charge.

In that document Gomez placed a "X" in the box marked "Sex" as the only asserted basis for the discriminatory treatment that she claims to have received. Moreover, that same ground is the only one mentioned in her narrative statement in the section of the Charge that asks the claimant to describe the particulars of the claimed discrimination. And even more specifically, Gomez failed to place an "X" in the Charge's box marked "Retaliation, " nor did she refer to any claim of retaliation in her narrative.

All of that being so, Gomez's Count III labeled "Retaliation" cannot be advanced in this action, because any retaliation (if it in fact occurred) necessarily antedated her EEOC Charge. Hence Count III is stricken and need not be answered by defendants.


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