Feltman v. BNSF Railway Company, Inc.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: It is ORDERED: 1. The 6 Motion to Dismiss is DENIED. 2. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a), the 6 Motion to transfer isGRANTED and this case is TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court forthe Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to take the necessary steps to effectuate the terms of this order. Signed by Chief Judge William Keith Watkins on 6/27/2016. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Appeals Checklist)(dmn, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY, INC.,
) CASE NO.: 1:16-CV-296-WKW
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Before the court is Defendant’s motion to dismiss without prejudice, or,
alternatively, to transfer venue to the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Alabama. (Doc. # 6.) Plaintiff opposes the motion to dismiss, but does
not oppose the motion to transfer. (Doc. # 7.)
Plaintiff brings this suit on the basis of his allegation that Defendant did not
hire him for the position of Conductor Trainee on the basis of his disability or
perceived disability. It is undisputed that the Conductor Trainee position was
located in Birmingham, Alabama. (Doc. # 6-1 at 2.) Therefore, venue is proper in
the Northern District of Alabama. 42 U.S.C. 2000e-5(f)(3) (providing that actions
may be brought “in the judicial district in which the aggrieved person would have
worked but for the alleged unlawful employment practice”); 42 U.S.C.A. § 12117(b)
(providing that § 2000e-5 governs venue in cases alleging disability discrimination
in employment in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §
12112, et seq.).
The complaint contains no allegations that support venue in the Middle
District of Alabama.1
Accordingly, it is ORDERED:
The motion to dismiss (Doc. # 6) is DENIED.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a), the motion to transfer (Doc. # 6) is
GRANTED and this case is TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court for
the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division.
The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to take the necessary steps to effectuate
the terms of this order.
DONE this 27th day of June, 2016.
/s/ W. Keith Watkins
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The complaint contains an allegation that Plaintiff worked for Defendant in Henry
County, Alabama. However, as Defendant points out, this appears to be a mistaken allegation.
Plaintiff’s claims are premised on his allegation that, on the basis of his disability, Defendant never
hired him at all.
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