Sondra Zents v. Baylor Trucking Company
OPINION filed : AFFIRMED, decision not for publication. Jeffrey S. Sutton, Circuit Judge; David W. McKeague, Circuit Judge(AUTHORING) and Helene N. White, Circuit Judge.
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File Name: 14a0058n.06
Case No. 13-3575
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
BAYLOR TRUCKING COMPANY,
Jan 23, 2014
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF
BEFORE: SUTTON, McKEAGUE, and WHITE, Circuit Judges.
McKeague, Circuit Judge.
This case arises from Baylor Trucking Company’s
(“Baylor”) termination of Sonda Zents’ Independent Contractor Agreement after Zents was
involved in a preventable “DOT recordable” accident.
After filing a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission on September 14, 2011, Zents filed a complaint against Baylor Trucking alleging
that on December 8, 2010, “she was terminated because of her sex.” R. 1, Complaint at 2,
PageID # 2. Zents claimed that her dismissal was in violation of both Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000, et seq., and Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code. Id. Baylor
Case No. 13-3575
Zents v. Baylor Trucking
Trucking moved for summary judgment, arguing that Zents was an independent contractor, not
an employee, and therefore not protected by federal and state employment discrimination laws.
The magistrate judge1 granted summary judgment to Baylor on all claims. The magistrate
judge held that, contrary to Zents’ contentions that her relationship with Baylor was an
employee-employer relationship, Zents operated as an independent contractor for Baylor. The
magistrate extensively addressed cases involving facts similar to the instant dispute and, after
applying the common-law agency test to determine whether an employment relationship existed,
concluded that Zents was an independent contractor and therefore not protected by federal and
state employment discrimination laws. Zents timely appealed.
After carefully reviewing the magistrate judge’s opinion, the briefs, and the record in this
case, we conclude that the magistrate judge did not err in granting summary judgment to Baylor.
As the magistrate judge correctly set out the applicable law and correctly applied that law to the
undisputed material facts contained in the record, issuance of a full written opinion by the court
would serve no jurisprudential purpose.
Accordingly, for the reasons stated in the magistrate judge’s well-reasoned opinion, we
The parties consented to the case being heard by a magistrate judge.
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