BROWN v. AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS HOLDINGS, LLC. et al

Filing 97

ENTRY granting Defendants' 94 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Judge Richard L. Young on 2/18/2009. (PG)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION LETECIA D. BROWN, Plaintiff, vs. AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS HOLDINGS, LLC, VISTEON CORPORATION, and FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 1:06-cv-1802-RLY-TAB ENTRY ON DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION On November 24, 2008, the court denied the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket # 76) because, inter alia, the court found an issue of fact as to whether Plaintiff gave Defendants sufficient notice of her intent to take FMLA leave. More specifically, the court found an issue of fact as to whether Plaintiff's phone call to Defendants' Medical Clinic on August 30, 2006, informing Ms. Diguilio, the Administrative Assistant at the Medical Clinic, that Dr. Shoot extended her family medical leave to September 16, 2006, was sufficient notice of an extension of her leave pursuant to 29 C.F.R. 825.303(a).1 Defendants move the court to reconsider that 1 Title 29, Section 825.303(a) of the Code of Federal Regulations provides, in relevant part: When the approximate timing of the need for leave is not foreseeable, an employee should give notice to the employer of the need for FMLA leave as soon as practicable under the facts and circumstances of the particular case. It is expected that an employee will give notice to the employer within no more than 1 finding. The evidence reflects that Plaintiff saw Dr. Bilby's Nurse Practitioner, Kelly Burrough ("Nurse Practitioner Burrough"), on August 21, 2006. Nurse Practitioner Burrough completed Plaintiff's Form 5166 which granted Plaintiff medical leave from August 8-28, 2006. On that same date, August 21, 2006, Nurse Practitioner Burrough referred Plaintiff to Dr. Shoot, a psychiatrist. Plaintiff was not able to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shoot until August 29, 2006 the day she was to return to work and thus, Plaintiff faxed a note to Nurse Burrough indicating that she needed to extend her leave by at least one day, from August 28 to August 29, 2006. (Defendants' Ex. 14). In spite of that knowledge, Plaintiff did not inform Defendants of her need for an extension of her family medical leave within one to two days of August 21, 2006 or even on the last day of her official leave, August 28, 2006. On the contrary, Plaintiff did not contact Defendants' Medical Clinic regarding an extension of her family medical leave until August 30, 2006. The undisputed evidence reflects that Plaintiff did not comply with 29 C.F.R. 825.303(a), and thus, the court was in error in finding an issue of fact for trial. Accordingly, Defendants' Motion for Reconsideration (Docket # 94) of the court's November 24, 2008, Entry on Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment is one or two working days of learning of the need for leave, except in extraordinary circumstances where such notice is not feasible. 2 GRANTED. A final judgment will be issued contemporaneously with the issuance of this Entry. SO ORDERED this 18th day of February 2009. RICHARD L. YOUNG, JUDGE _______________________________ United States District Court SoRICHARD L. YOUNG, JUDGE uthern District of Indiana Electronic Copies to: A. Richard Blaiklock LEWIS & WAGNER rblaiklock@lewiswagner.com Stephanie Lynn Cassman LEWIS WAGNER LLP scassman@lewiswagner.com Denise K. LaRue HASKIN LAUTER & LARUE dlarue@hlllaw.com Ericka McCaskill BERKOWITZ OLIVER WILLIAMS SHAW & EISENBRANDT LLP emccaskill@bowse-law.com Timothy S. Millman BERKOWITZ OLIVER WILLIAMS SHAW & EISENBRANDT LLP tmillman@bowse-law.com Bradley L. Wilson HASKIN LAUTER & LARUE bwilson@hlllaw.com United States District Court Southern District of Indiana 3

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