County settles ageism lawsuit

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County settles ageism lawsuit

Trumbull County Commissioners Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit


Trumbull County commissioners have reached a settlement in the age discrimination lawsuit filed by former Trumbull County 911 director Ernest Cook. The settlement was agreed upon by CORSA, the county’s insurance provider, and involves a payment of $30,000 to Cook.


The civil rights lawsuit was originally filed on January 13, 2022, in the U.S. Northern Ohio District Court by Cook’s attorney. The lawsuit sought damages exceeding $150,000, including back pay, fringe benefits, and compensatory and punitive damages. Cook had served as the chief deputy in Trumbull County since 2000 and was appointed as the 911 director in 2010. He retired from his position as chief deputy in 2015 to work full-time as the 911 director.

Settlement and Resolution

The lawsuit alleged that Cook was removed from his position in 2021 and replaced with someone who was less qualified and significantly younger. The settlement reached between the parties resolves the matter and puts an end to the legal proceedings. Trumbull County Commissioner Denny Malloy expressed relief that the lawsuit has been settled, stating that they can now move forward positively with their new 911 director.

Emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  1. Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth – The settlement of the age discrimination lawsuit promotes fair treatment in the workplace and supports the goal of providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals, regardless of age.
  2. Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities – By addressing age discrimination, the settlement contributes to reducing inequalities and ensuring that individuals are not discriminated against based on their age.
  3. Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions – The resolution of the lawsuit through a mutual agreement demonstrates the importance of a fair and just legal system in resolving disputes and upholding the principles of justice.


The settlement of the age discrimination lawsuit filed by former Trumbull County 911 director Ernest Cook marks the end of a legal battle. The agreement reached between the parties highlights the significance of promoting equality, fairness, and justice in the workplace. Moving forward, Trumbull County can focus on achieving its goals and objectives, including those outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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