Rogers v. Boeing Aerospace Operations, Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER. (See Full Order.) IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to amend [# 59 ] is granted and the proposed amended complaint is deemed filed today. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on 8/3/2015. (CBL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
SHELLIE L. ROGERS,
) Case No. 4:13CV1448 CDP
BOEING AEROSPACE OPERATIONS, )
INC., et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Plaintiff Shellie Rogers seeks leave to amend her complaint. Defendants do
not oppose her proposals to amend paragraphs 11, 13, 16, 20 and 25, which provide
minor factual changes that reflect correct facts as revealed in discovery. Defendants
do oppose her proposed change to paragraph 32, which defendants argue would
prejudice them and would require additional discovery. Plaintiff argues that the
proposed change reflects only a specific legal theory of discrimination that was
already supported by the pleadings.
The original paragraph 32 began by saying, “Defendants, by their actions and
failure to act, including but not limited to those described above, have discriminated
against Plaintiff because of her disability, refused to provide reasonable
accommodation to her disability, and retaliated against her in violation of the
Missouri Human Rights Act.” The proposed amended paragraph 32 added the phrase
that is italicized here so that it reads: “Defendants, by their actions and failure to act,
including but not limited to those described above, have discriminated against
Plaintiff because of her disability, subjected her to different terms and conditions
because of her disability, refused to provide reasonable accommodation to her
disability, and retaliated against her in violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act.”
Plaintiff argues that this added language is an articulation of a legal conclusion that
will not require additional discovery, because the factual underpinnings were already
alleged in the original complaint.
I conclude that the interests of justice favor allowing this proposed amendment,
even though the deadlines for amending the pleadings has passed. Neither the facts
not the claim that defendants discriminated against plaintiff because of her disability
has changed. As plaintiff points out, numerous paragraphs of the original pleading
specifically alleged that defendants treated plaintiff differently from other employees.
Because defendants have had full discovery over all the facts alleged in the
complaint, and plaintiff has not added any additional facts, no additional discovery
will be allowed. Plaintiff will not be allowed at trial to introduce any instances of
alleged disparate treatment that have not already been either alleged in the complaint
or revealed in discovery.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion to amend [#59] is granted
and the proposed amended complaint is deemed filed today.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 3rd day of August, 2015.
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