Lee v. Burlington Stores
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Docket No. 2) is GRANTED.IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order, plaintiff shall file an amended com plaint in accordance with the above instructions.IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall mail to plaintiff a copy of a blank Employment Discrimination Complaint form.The failure to timely comply with this order may result in the dismissal of this case, without prejudice and without further notice. 2 ( Response to Court due by 10/27/2017.) cc: complaint mailed. Signed by Magistrate Judge Nannette A. Baker on 9/27/17. (CLA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon the application of plaintiff for leave to commence
this action without payment of the required filing fee. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). The Court has
reviewed the motion and the financial information submitted in support, and has determined that
plaintiff is unable to pay the filing fee. The motion will be granted, and plaintiff will be required
to file an amended complaint within thirty (30) days of the date of this Memorandum and Order.
Plaintiff brings this action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §
2000e, et seq., for alleged race discrimination. 1 Named as defendant is Burlington Stores.
Plaintiff attached to the complaint a right to sue letter from the Missouri Commission on Human
Rights (“MCHR”) dated August 30, 2017, and a right to sue letter from the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) dated June 28, 2017. However, in the complaint itself,
plaintiff left the “Statement of Claim” section blank. While plaintiff attached a copy of the
Charge of Discrimination he filed with the MCHR, this is not entirely sufficient. Plaintiff is
required to set forth to the Court the claims he intends to bring in this lawsuit. Accordingly,
On September 25, 2017, plaintiff filed a similar lawsuit against Burlington Stores under Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq., for alleged retaliation. See Lee v. Burlington Stores,
Case No. 4:17-cv-2468-HEA (E.D. Mo. Sept. 25, 2017).
plaintiff will be given the chance to file an amended complaint to fully set forth his claims
Plaintiff is required to submit the amended complaint on a court-provided form, and the
amended complaint must comply with Rules 8 and 10 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Rule 8(a) requires that a complaint contain a short and plain statement of the claim showing that
the pleader is entitled to relief, and a demand for the relief sought. Rule 10(b) requires that a
party must state his claims or defenses in separately numbered paragraphs, each limited as far as
practicable to a single set of circumstances. In the amended complaint, plaintiff should also
clearly state whether he intends to pursue a claim or claims under the Missouri Human Rights
Plaintiff shall have thirty (30) days from the date of this Order to file his amended
complaint. Plaintiff is warned that the filing of the amended complaint completely replaces the
original, and claims that are not re-alleged are deemed abandoned.
E.g., In re Wireless
Telephone Federal Cost Recovery Fees Litigation, 396 F.3d 922, 928 (8th Cir. 2005).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis (Docket No. 2) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order,
plaintiff shall file an amended complaint in accordance with the above instructions.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall mail to plaintiff a copy of a blank
Employment Discrimination Complaint form.
The failure to timely comply with this order may result in the dismissal of this case,
without prejudice and without further notice.
Dated this 27th day of September, 2017.
/s/ Nannette A. Baker
NANNETTE A. BAKER
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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