Anderson v. United Transportation Union

Filing 3

ORDER DISMISSING CASE and denying motion to proceed ifp as moot. Signed by Judge William R. Wilson, Jr on 3/2/09. (bkp)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION DANNY ANDERSON VS. 4:09-CV-00136-WRW DEFENDANT ORDER Pending is pro se Plaintiff's Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc. No. 1). Plaintiff asserts that Defendant "refused to help concerning reemployment after release from doctor," because of Plaintiff's race.1 According to the Complaint, Plaintiff was discriminated against on January 7, 1997, and filed charges with the EEOC on February 9, 1998.2 Under 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B), a court may dismiss a complaint filed in forma PLAINTIFF UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION pauperis at any time if the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief.3 Under 1915, a court may also sua sponte dismiss a complaint, before service, when an affirmative defense, such as the statute of limitations, is obvious from the complaint.4 A Plaintiff has "180 days after the `alleged unlawful employment practice'" to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, and 90 days to file a complaint after receiving a Right 1 Doc. No. 2. Doc. No. 1. Plaintiff did not respond to the question asking when he received a Notice of Right to Sue letter from the EEOC. 3 2 See Martin-Trigona v. Stewart, 691 F.2d 856 (8th Cir. 1982). See Pino v. Ryan, 49 F.3d 51, 53 (2d Cir. 1995) (holding that under 1915, a district court's determination that a complaint is frivolous may be based on an affirmative defense, such as the statute of limitations, that is apparent from the face of the complaint); Walker v. Thompson, 288 F.3d 1005, 1009-10 (7th Cir. 2002) (same); Fratus v. DeLand, 49 F.3d 673, 67475 (10th Cir. 1995) (unpublished) (same); Kari v. Detroit Bd of Educ., 230 F.3d 1358 (6th Cir. 2000) (unpublished) (same); Smith v. Delaware County Court, 260 Fed. Appx. 454 (3d Cir. 2008) (unpublished) (same). 1 4 to Sue Letter from the EEOC.5 According to Plaintiff's complaint, he filed charges with the EEOC more than a year after the alleged discrimination. Additionally, Plaintiff's cause of action is based on claims that happened more than 10 years ago. Clearly, the statute of limitations has run in this case. Because Plaintiff's Complaint was filed well outside the statute of limitation period, it fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted, and is DISMISSED based on 1915(e)(2)(B). Plaintiff's Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc. No. 1) is MOOT. The Clerk of the Court is not to issue process or cause process to issue on this complaint. IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of March, 2009. /s/ Wm. R. Wilson, Jr. _____________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 5 Diaz v. Swift-Eckrich, Inc., 318 F.3d 796, 798 (8th Cir. 2003) and 42 U.S.C. 2000e2 5(f)(1).

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