Barnes v. The St. Regis Corp.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER The Court will, therefore, deny Plaintiffs Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint based onthe futility of the Courts granting the Motion. 24 MOTION for Leave to File an Amended Complaint filed by Plaintiff Dewayne C. Barnes Signed by District Judge Jean C. Hamilton on 11/15/17. (CLA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
DEWAYNE C. BARNES,
THE ST. REGIS CORP.,
Case No. 4:17CV1629JCH
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File Amended
Complaint, attached to which is a proposed amended complaint. (ECF 24; ECF
Plaintiff’s Complaint, filed on June 7, 2017, names only The St. Regis Corp.
as a Defendant. (ECF 1). In the proposed amended complaint, Plaintiff adds
Sentry Management, Inc., (Sentry) as a Defendant. (ECF 24-1). “In order to
initiate a claim under Title VII a party must timely file a charge of discrimination
with the [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)] and receive a
right-to-sue letter.” Stuart v. Gen. Motors Corp., 217 F.3d 621, 630 (8th Cir.
2000). Plaintiff has filed a copy of the right-to-sue letter issued by the EEOC
regarding Sentry. (ECF 27). The right-to-sue letter regarding Sentry was issued
on June 20, 2017. As stated in the right-to-sue letter, Plaintiff had 90 days after the
letter was issued to file a civil action against Sentry. See 42 U.S.C.A. § 2000e5(f)(1). Plaintiff, however, filed his Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint
on November 9, 2017, well past the 90-day period. (ECF 27 at 1). The Court will,
therefore, deny Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint based on
the futility of the Court’s granting the Motion. See Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178,
182 (1962) (“in the absence of any apparent or declared reason,” such as “futility
of amendment,” leave to amend should be “freely given,” but it is within a court’s
discretion to deny a motion to amend); Sherman v. Winco Fireworks, Inc., 532
F.3d 709, 705 (8th Cir. 2008) (district court properly denies a motion for leave to
amend where there are compelling reasons to do due so, such as “futility of the
amendment”) (citation omitted)..
Dated this 15th Day of November 2017.
/s/ Jean C. Hamilton
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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