Nails v. Manpower Temporary Services

Filing 3

OPINION. Signed by Judge Myron H. Thompson on 9/8/06. (wcl, )

Download PDF
Nails v. Manpower Temporary Services Doc. 3 Case 1:06-cv-00802-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/08/2006 Page 1 of 6 IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, SOUTHERN DIVISION ANGELA DENISE NAILS, Plaintiff, v. MANPOWER TEMPORARY SERVICE, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. ) 1:06cv802-MHT ) ) (WO) ) ) OPINION The court now has before it the motion to proceed in forma pauperis filed by plaintiff Angela Denise Nails, who is a frequent litigant in the Middle District of Alabama. So far this year, in what is developing into a clear abuse of the legal process, she has brought 16 lawsuits in forma pauperis, of which eight already been summarily dismissed. It is well established that a two-step procedure should be followed in processing a complaint filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915. "First, the district court Case 1:06-cv-00802-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/08/2006 Page 2 of 6 should determine whether the plaintiff satisfies the economic eligibility criterion Upon a under 28 of U.S.C. economic 1915(a)[(1)]. finding justification, the court should allow the complaint to be docketed without prepayment of fees."1 Woodall v. Foti, 648 F.2d 268, 271 (5th Cir. June 1981) (per curiam); see also Procup v. Strickland, 760 F.2d 1107, 1114 (11th Cir. 1985). 2 1. Second, once leave has been granted, this Section 1915(a)(1) provides: "Subject to subsection (b), any court of the United States may authorize the commencement, prosecution or defense of any suit, action or proceeding, civil or criminal, or appeal therein, without prepayment of fees or security therefor, by a person who submits an affidavit that includes a statement of all assets such prisoner possesses that the person is unable to pay such fees or give security therefor. Such affidavit shall state the nature of the action, defense or appeal and affiant's belief that the person is entitled to redress." 2. In Bonner v. Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206, 1209 (11th Cir. 1981) (en banc), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals adopted as binding precedent all of the decisions of the former Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the (continued...) 2 Case 1:06-cv-00802-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/08/2006 Page 3 of 6 provision allows the district court to dismiss the complaint prior to service of process if it determines the complaint "is frivolous or malicious," "fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted," or "seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief," 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iii), and thus the court may "spare the defendant the inconvenience and expense of answering a frivolous complaint." Woodall, 648 F.2d at 271; see also Bilal v. Driver, 251 F.3d 1346 (11th Cir. 2001). satisfies the economic The motion filed by Nails eligibility criteria of 1915(a)(1). Accordingly, the complaint may be filed without prepayment of fees. The court is, however, of the view that Nails's complaint should be dismissed without prejudice pursuant to 1915(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iii). Nails asserts that, by terminating hers employment and refusing to send her to additional temporary positions, defendant Manpower 2. (...continued) close of business on September 30, 1981. 3 Case 1:06-cv-00802-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/08/2006 Page 4 of 6 Temporary Service has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1981a, 2000e through 2000e-17, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12112-12117, 12203. She alleges that she fell out of a chair and was injured on a temporary assignment to Movie Gallery on March 1, 2005; that her supervisor at Movie Gallery contacted Manpower and left a recording that they did not want Nails to return to Movie Gallery but did not state the reason; and that when she contacted Manpower on August 15, 2006, Manpower told her that it would not rehire her. According to the complaint, Manpower informed Nails that it has received complaints regarding Nails on two other temporary positions and, further, that it had received a complaint regarding Nails's behavior from employees of the physician who treated Nails after her fall. made. Nails alleges that no such complaints were She further alleges, "The plaintiff can only believe that the plaintiff was wrongfully discharged from 4 Case 1:06-cv-00802-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/08/2006 Page 5 of 6 Manpower Temporary Service because the plaintiff [fell] on the temporary position Manpower Temporary Service sent the plaintiff to[]." (Complaint, p. 2). Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(a)(1). The ADA prohibits employment discrimination against "a qualified individual with a disability." 42 U.S.C. 12112(a). Nails's complaint that Manpower failed to rehire her because she fell on the job at Movie Gallery fails to state a claim under either the ADA or Title VII. Nails violating also alleges rules that of Manpower civil is liable for This various procedure. allegation does not state a claim either. Nails's complaint therefore should be dismissed before service on Manpower See Neitzke v. pursuant to 1915(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iii). Williams, 490 U.S. 319 (1989); Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25 (1992); see also Bilal, 251 F.3d 1346. 5 Case 1:06-cv-00802-MHT-SRW Document 3 Filed 09/08/2006 Page 6 of 6 An appropriate judgment will be entered. DONE, this the 8th day of September, 2006. /s/ Myron H. Thompson UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?