Partee v. Eldercare Management Services
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED. [ECF No. 2 ] IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff shall submit a copy of his EEOC right-to-sue letter, if he has received one , within twenty-one (21) days of the date of this Order. IT IS FURHTER ORDERED that if plaintiff fails to comply with this Order, this action will be dismissed without prejudice. Signed by District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig on February 12, 2018. (BRP)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
EDWARD PARTEE, JR.,
ELDERCARE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, )
No. 4:17-CV-2827 AGF
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon the application of Edward Partee, Jr. for leave to
commence this action without payment of the required filing fee. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).
Upon consideration of the financial information provided with the application, the Court finds
that plaintiff is financially unable to pay any portion of the filing fee. Therefore, plaintiff will
be granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).
Plaintiffs brings this action pursuant to the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, as
amended 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101, et seq. against defendant Eldercare Management Services.
Although plaintiff has included with his complaint a copy of his right-to-sue letter from the
Missouri Commission on Human Rights (“MCHR”), he has failed to attach a copy of his
right-to-sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).
As stated in plaintiff=s MCHR right-to-sue letter, his complaint “was dual-filed with the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission . . . and the Missouri Commission on Human
If plaintiff has received an EEOC right-to-sue letter, he must submit a copy of it to
this Court. If he has not yet received an EEOC right-to-sue letter, this Court would not have
jurisdiction over plaintiff’s EEOC claim or any Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) claim,
because federal jurisdiction over a plaintiff=s state MHRA claim depends upon the Court’s
jurisdiction over a federal claim in the same action.1
To initiate a claim under the ADA, a party must timely file a charge of discrimination
with the EEOC and receive a right-to-sue letter. See Muth v. Cobro Corp., 895 F. Supp. 254,
255-56 (E.D. Mo. 1995).
If plaintiff has received an EEOC right-to-sue letter, he must submit a
copy of it so the Court can ascertain the timeliness of his federal employment claims. Id.
Accordingly, the Court will order plaintiff to supplement the complaint by submitting a copy of
his EEOC right-to-sue letter, if he has received one, within twenty-one (21) days of the date of
The Court notes that the statute of limitations is now running on plaintiff=s state MHRA
A plaintiff should always be aware of the necessity of filing an employment
discrimination claim within the time period provided by statute and in the appropriate state or
In the absence of an accompanying federal claim, a plaintiff may file an MHRA
claim in the appropriate state court within the time period set forth in the MCHR
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis is GRANTED.
[ECF No. 2]
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff shall submit a copy of his EEOC
right-to-sue letter, if he has received one, within twenty-one (21) days of the date of this Order.
The Court notes that there are no grounds for diversity jurisdiction in the instant case.
IT IS FURHTER ORDERED that if plaintiff fails to comply with this Order, this action
will be dismissed without prejudice.
Dated this 12th day of February.
AUDREY G. FLEISSIG
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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