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March 22, 2014

Honda denies discrimination suit allegations

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Honda previously told the Daily News that it “is committed to diversity in every aspect of our business and has worked to maintain a diverse team of associates. Our operations have demonstrated an outstanding track record of success based on fundamental principles of teamwork and mutual respect. In this spirit, every Honda associate is expected to embrace and actively support diversity and the cultural richness and advantages that it provides.”

In a related filing, Holder has requested a hearing on documents in his possession, but which Honda has requested he give to the company. Holder said the documents include attendance records, photos of the graffiti from the restroom and a letter and email he wrote to other employees.

Honda said that Holder has admitted to taking documents that belong to Honda and contain confidential information and that he has not returned them despite repeated requests. “HMIN merely wants its documents back,” the company said.

Holder said in a court filing that these documents are important to his lawsuit and that if he turns them over to Honda, he fears “they will never be seen again.”

Honda said in its response that Holder “essentially accuses HMIN and HMIN’s counsel of intending to destroy documents. (Holder) has no evidence to support this claim of serious misconduct, and it goes without saying that neither HMIN nor HMIN’s counsel have any such intent.”

Judge Mark J. Dinsmore has asked that both parties appear for an initial pretrial conference at 3:20 p.m., April 16 at the U.S. Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis. The judge said that the conference can be conducted on the phone, but that attorneys for both parties should be prepared to discuss matters including the number of witnesses that may provide evidence, how exhibits will be identified and how soon the parties anticipate being in a position to discuss settlement.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401; boris.ladwig@greensburgdailynews.com

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