Committe v. Zhu et al
Memorandum Opinion and Order For the reasons stated in the Order, the plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. No. 2 ) is granted, and this action is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). The Court further certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith. Related document 1 . Signed by Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 8/3/2017. (K,K)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
BRUCE E. COMMITTE,
JIANPING ZHU, et al.,
CASE NO. 1:17 CV 1534
JUDGE DAN AARON POLSTER
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
Plaintiff Bruce E. Committe, acting pro se, has filed an in forma pauperis complaint in this action
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Jianping Zhu, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic
Affairs at Cleveland State University, and unnamed “John and Jane Does.” (Doc. No. 1.) He alleges the
defendants denied him “equal protection of the laws” in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment by failing
to hire him for a position as an assistant professor of accounting to begin in the fall of 2017 because of his
Federal district courts are expressly required, under 28 U.S.C. §1915(e)(2)(B), to screen all in
forma pauperis actions, and to dismiss before service any such action that the court determines is
frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief from
defendant who is immune from such relief. See Hill v. Lappin, 630 F.3d 468, 470-71 (6th Cir. 2010).
This action must be summarily dismissed. The plaintiff has already been apprised – by an opinion
and order issued by another district court dismissing a prior, similar age discrimination claim he asserted
under § 1983 – that age discrimination claims asserted under § 1983 are not cognizable. See, e.g.,
Committe v. Oregon State Univ., No. 6:16-CV-00962-MC, 2016 WL 4374945, at *2 (D. Or. Aug.
11, 2016) (dismissing prior § 1983 equal protection claim brought by the plaintiff against Oregon State
University for failure to hire him as an accounting faculty member on the basis of his age, and holding that
such age claims are preempted by the Age Discrimination in Employment and that “no amendment can
cure that flaw”). See also Brandal v. Columbus City Sch. Dist., No. 2:09-CV-680, 2010 WL
5014306, at *3 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 1, 2010) (dismissing age discrimination claim brought under § 1983 and
stating that age is not a suspect classification for purposes of the Equal Protection Clause).
Accordingly, the plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. No. 2) is granted, and
this action is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). The Court further certifies, pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DAN AARON POLSTER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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