Martin v. Oregon Department of Corrections et al
OPINION & ORDER: The College's Motion to Dismiss 70 is Granted to the extent it addresses Martin's Fourteenth Amendment, ADA, RA, and Oregon constitutional claims and is otherwise Denied, and those claims are accordingly Dismissed with prejudice to the extent alleged against the College defendants, or either of them. Signed on 1/9/17 by Magistrate Judge Paul Papak. (gm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF OREGON
MICHAEL MARK MARTIN,
OPINION AND ORDER
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF
CORRECTIONS, MICHAEL GOWER,
JEFF PREMO, D. E. LONG, DR. DAGNER,
PhD, J. LAWSON, SANDRA AGUINAGA,
NANCY GREEN, CHEMEKETA
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, OREGON STATE
BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION, and
JOHN & JANE DOES,
PAPAK, Magistrate Judge:
On February 9, 2015, plaintiff prose Michael Mark Maitin, an incarcerated prisoner,
filed this action in Jonna pauperis against defendants Oregon Department of Corrections
("ODOC"), Michael Gower, Jeff Premo, D. Long, Dr. Dagner, J. Lawson, and John and Jane
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Does (collectively, the "original ODOC defendants"), each individual defendant purportedly in
both his individual and official capacities. 1 Martin amended his complaint effective November 3,
2015. Also on November 3, 2015, I granted Martin leave to substitute Sandra Aguinaga
(collectively with the original ODOC defendants, the "ODOC defendants") for fictitiouSly named
· defendant Jane Doe. On March 11, 2016, I granted Matiin leave to amend his complaint a
second time and to add as additional defendants Chemeketa Community College (the "College")
and the College's former employee, Nancy Green (collectively, the "College defendants").
Although Matiin's second amended complaint is not a model of clarity, my analysis suggests that,
by and through his second amended complaint, Martin intended to allege (i) the ODOC
defendants' liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the violation of his Eighth Amendment right to
adequate medical treatment and housing conditions, (ii) all defendants' liability under Section
1983 for the violation of his right under the First Amendment to file grievances regarding the
terms and conditions of his confinement, (iii) all defendants' liability under Section 1983 for the
violation of his due process rights under the Fomieenth Amendment, (iv) all defendants' liability
under Title II of the Americans with Disability Act (the "ADA"), (v) all defendants' liability
under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (the "RA"), and (vi) all defendants' liability for the
violation of his right to full-time employment or on-the-job vocational training while
incarcerated as guaranteed under Atiicle I, Section 41 of the Oregon Constitution. The College
Because it is well established that atl official-capacity suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
"represent[s] only another way of pleading an action against an entity of which an officer is an
agent," Kentucky v. Graham, 473 U.S. 159, 165 (1985), quoting 1vfonell v. Dep 't of Soc. Servs. of
NY. C., 436 U.S. 658, 690 n.55 (1978), I construe Matiin's claims to the extent alleged against
the defendants in their official capacities as though instead alleged against the State of Oregon.
See Hafter v. 1vfelo, 502 U.S. 21, 25 (1991).
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moved to dismiss Martin's claims against the College defendants on May 18, 2016.
Martin amended his complaint a third time effective June 15, 2016, after the College's
motion to dismiss was filed, adding as an additional defendant the Oregon State Board of Higher
Education (the "Board"). My analysis of Martin's third amended complaint suggests that he did
not otherwise intend his amendments of June 15, 2016, to effect significant modification of his
claims as set f01ih in his second amended complaint.
Now before the comi is the College's Federal Civil Procedure Rule 12(b)(6) motion (#70)
to dismiss Maiiin's claims against the College defendants for failure to state a claim. I have
considered the motion and all of the pleadings and papers on file. For the reasons set foiih
below, the College's motion is granted in part and denied in part, as discussed below.
To survive dismissal for failure to state a claim pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6), a complaint
must contain more than a "fo1mulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action;" specifically,
it must contain factual allegations sufficient to "raise a right to relief above the speculative level."
Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 433, 555 (2007). To raise a right to relief above the
speculative level, "[t]he pleading must contain something more ... than ... a statement of facts
that merely creates a suspicion [of] a legally cognizable right of action." Id., quoting 5 C. Wright
& A. Miller,. Federal Practice and Procedure§ 1216, pp. 235-236 (3d ed. 2004); see also Fed. R.
Civ. P. 8(a). Instead, the plaintiff must plead affirmative factual content, as opposed to any
merely conclusory recitation that the elements of a claim have been satisfied, that "allows the
cou1i to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged."
Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009), citing Twombly, 550 U.S. at 556. "In sum, for a
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complaint to survive a motion to dismiss, the non-conclusory 'factual content, and reasonable
inferences from that content, must be plausibly suggestive of a claim entitling the plaintiff to
relief." i\1oss v. United States Secret Serv., 572 F.3d 962, 969 (9th Cir. 2009), citing Iqbal, 556
U.S. at 678.
"In ruling on a l 2(b)( 6) motion, a court may generally consider only allegations contained
in the pleadings, exhibits attached to the complaint, and matters properly subject to judicial
notice." Swartz v. KP1'.1G LLP, 476 F.3d 756, 763 (9th Cir. 2007). In considering a motion to
dismiss, this court accepts all of the allegations in the complaint as true and constrnes them in the
light most favorable to the plaintiff. See Kahle v. Gonzales, 474 F.3d 665, 667 (9th Cir. 2007).
Moreover, the coUli "presUlne[s] that general allegations embrace those specific facts that are
necessary to suppmi the claim." Nat'/ Org. For Women v. Scheidler, 510 U.S. 249, 256 (1994),
quoting Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555, 561 (1992). The COUli need not, however,
accept legal conclusions "cast in the form of factual allegations." Western }vfining Council v.
Watt, 643 F.2d 618, 624 (9th Cir. 1981).
The comi must construe the pleadings of a pro se litigant more leniently than those of a
lawyer. See Eldridge v. Block, 832 F.2d 1132, 1137 (9th Cir. 1987). When, as here, the plaintiff
is pro se in a civil rights case, it is the comi' s duty "to construe the pleadings liberally and to
afford the [plaintiff] the benefit of any doubt." Bretz v. Kelman, 773 F.2d 1026, 1027 n.l (9th
Cir. 1985) (en bane). A prose plaintiff should be given leave to amend the complaint unless an
amendment could not cure the complaint's deficiencies. Lopez v. Smith, 203 F.3d 1122, 1130-31
(9th Cir. 2000) (en bane).
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Plaintiff Mattin is an incarcerated prisoner currently housed at the Columbia River
Correctional Institution, but previously, and at all material times, housed either at the Oregon
State Penitentiary ("OSP") or the Snake River Correctional Facility ("SRCF"). Mattin's
originally filed complaint contains exhibits constituting evidence sufficient to establish that
Martin had available to him while incarcerated at OSP and SRCF a three-level grievance
procedure consistent with the regulations set forth in Chapter 291, Division 109, of the Oregon
Defendant ODOC is, and at all material times was, an agency of the State of Oregon
charged with managing the state prison system. Defendant Gower is, and at all material times
was, employed by ODOC as Assistant Director of the Operations Division. Defendant Premo is,
and at all material times was, employed by ODOC as Superintendent of the OSP. At all times
material to Martin's complaint defendant Long was employed by ODOC as a Co11'ectional
Captain. Defendant Dagner was, at all material times, employed by ODOC as a Conectional
Physician Specialist. Defendant Lawson was, at all material times, employed by ODOC as a
Grievance Coordinator. Defendant Aguinaga is, and at all material times was, an employee of
OSP in its education depaitment. Defendant the College is a community college located in
Oregon and receiving some funding from the State of Oregon. Defendant Green is a former
employee of the College. Defendant the Board is the statut01y governing board for the Oregon
University System. Martin does not allege the identities of the fictitiously named Doe
defendants, and does not specify the roles they played in the complained-of conduct.
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Martin's Allegations Regarding the Parties' Dispute
Mmiin has been in ODOC custody since December 18, 2013. See original ODOC
Defendants' Answer (#17),
7. On an unspecified date Martin was assigned to and resided in
cell E-272 with a cellmate. Cell E-272 is on the second floor ofOSP. Martin was assigned to
the upper bunk. On March 14, 2014, Mmiin fell while climbing down from his bunk and struck
his right knee on the cell floor. Mmiin asked for help from the duty officer and was told to speak
to the pill-line staff at normal medication rounds. All meals and the medication rounds occur on
the first floor ofOSP. The medication nurse told Martin to speak to Sergeant Branch, who
advised Martin to place a medical request form into the mailbox. Mmiin returned to his second
floor cell and completed the paperwork. He attempted to give the paperwork to the duty officer,
and was told to deliver it to the mailboxes on the first floor in the morning.
Martin delivered his medical request paperwork to the mailbox on March 15, 2014,
informed the officer on duty at the pill line about his fall, and showed the medication nurse that
his pant leg could not be pulled over his swollen knee. That evening, Martin asked for help from
the medication nurse because he could not put weight on his leg. The following morning, Mmiin
was attempting to get to breakfast and was asked by Sergeant Warren if he was all right.
Sergeant Warren told Mmiin his knee looked pretty bad.
On March 17, 2014, Mmiin remained in his cell as he was unable to climb down from his
bunk and ,elevated the leg to relieve swelling. The following day Martin was summoned to
medical to see defendant Dagner. The doctor used a reflex hammer on Mmiin's knee two or
three times before Martin asked him to stop due to pain. Dr. Dagner said the knee was not
broken, but ordered precautionary x-rays, and placed Martin on crutches. Dr. Dagner gave
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Martin some light exercises to perfmm and ordered a lower bunk/lower tier restriction, as well as
a knee suppo1i. On March 19 Martin placed an inmate request about the knee support asking
when he would receive the support.
·On March 21, 2014, Matiin's knee was x-rayed. On March 25 Martin was called to see
Dr. Dagner, who asked why Matiin was not immobilizinghis knee. Dr. Dagner told Matiin there
was a lateral fracture of the patella and placed a velcro cast to immobilize the knee. Matiin
advised Dr. Dagner that he had not been moved to a lower bunk, and Dr. Dagner again ordered a
restriction to a lower bunk and lower tier and added a restriction of no stairs. Matiin was told to
stop any exercise and to elevate his leg. On return to his cell, Martin informed the unit officer of
the doctor's orders. The following day Mmiin was told the doctor had not entered an order for a
lower tier lower bunk and no stairs. Martin continued to climb stairs for each meal and use the
upper bunk for approximately two weeks, despite his belief that there were ground floor cells
On April 14, 2014, Martin filed grievance number OSP-2014-06-005, apparently
complaining about the cell size and upper bunks without ladders to access them. On April 20
Maiiin told Sargent Marthaller about the situation. Sargent Maiihaller immediately moved
Martin to cell Ee 185, which met Dr. Dagner's restrictions.
In late April or early May Martin was notified that he was to report to the fomih floor
education depaiiment for work duties. Accordingly, Maiiin climbed four flights of stairs at least
twice daily while on crutches and in a leg brace, against doctor's orders, until August 2014.
On July 17, 2014, Maiiin staiied to keep ajoumal and his first appeal of grievance
number OSP-2014-06-005 was accepted by defendant Lawson. The following day Maiiin was
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moved from cell E-185 to cell E-101. Cell E-101 is undesirable because it lacks privacy and is
extremely noisy. Martin asked Officer Richards why he was being moved and was told Captain
Long said Mat1in had asked for the move. Martin contends Captain Long moved him to the
undesirable cell out ofretribution for Martin's grievance appeal. On July 20, 2014, Mai1in filed a
new grievance about the cell change and Long's retribution.
On July 24 Mai1in filed a move request form and was told he would remain in that cell
until Captain Long returned from vacation. The following day Sargent Marthaller told lVIartin he
had been moved for his own safety. On July 26 Martin was harassed by fellow inmates because
cell E-101 is notorious for housing seX: offenders and informants requiring protection.
Martin met with Sargent Matihaller and Ms. Padilla on July 29, 2014. Mai1in described
his knee inju1y, the move to the undesirable cell, and his grievance. Ms. Padilla took notes and
said she would speak to her superiors. The following day Matiin was moved into a much better
cell, E-138, with more privacy. Mmiin met with his psychiatric counselor, Mr. Govro, on August
1, 2014, and described anxiety over the possibility that Captain Long would transfer him from
OSP and prevent Martin from taking an automotive vocational training class provided through
defendant the College. On that date, Mat1in's grievance about the Captain's retaliation was
assigned number OSP-2014-07-069.
On August 4, 2014, Captain Long came to the education depat1ment on the fom1h floor
and asked Martin to come to his office after work. Captain Long said he moved Mm1in from E185 to E-101 for his physical safety. Mat1in said that did not make any sense because E-185 was
on the ground floor with a single bunk. Captain Long then told Martin he was concerned Martin
would fake an injury to enhance a lawsuit. Matiin was no longer on crutches or using a knee
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brace. Martin thought Captain Long threatened to take his job away. Captain Long advised
Matiin to see the doctor and have the stair restriction removed. Other inmates told Mmiin he
would soon be transferred.
On August 7 Mmiin spoke with his counselor, Ms. Dennis, about his fear of transfer, the
Captain's threats about his job, and his fear of being transfe!Ted to an undesirable double cell. On
August 11, Martin appealed grievance OSP-2014-07-069 regarding Captain Long's retaliation,
asserting that transferring him to prevent complaints or a lawsuit violated his civil rights. Two
days later Captain Long informed Martin he was no longer allowed to work on the fourth floor
due to the stair restriction. On August 20, 2014, Martin was transferred to the Snake River
C01Tectional Facility ("SNCF") on Captain's Long's order. It is Mmiin's position that the transfer
was retaliat01y, and caused him to lose the opportunity to participate in the Residential Drug
Program and Transitional Leave. Matiin contends that in order to complete the Automotive
Vocational Program with a November 2015 stmi date, he will have to remain in custody for an
On August 23 Martin appealed grievance number OSP-2014-06-005. The following day
Matiin filed two additional grievances, one for OSP's failure to respond to grievance number
OSP-2014-06-005A and one alleging his transfer to SRCF was an act of retaliation by Captain
On September 7, 2014, the doctor removed the stair restriction from Martin's orders. The
following month Martin's counselor, Mr. Lewandowski, advised Mmiin that there was a new
medical restriction preventing Martin's return to OSP. In November 2014 the doctor told Mmiin
the continuing numbness in his foot was normal and would dissipate over time. Because Mmiin
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was at SNCF and not OSP, he was not able to start the Automotive Vocational Technology
program offered through the College and operated by the College's employee defendant Green.
The program apparently lasts a year and commenced each November.
Martin filed his Complaint in this court on Februmy 2, 2015, contending he received
substandard medical care, was not allowed to follow his doctor's orders, and that the cells at OSP
were too small and dangerous because they lacked ladders to the upper bunks.
On April 17, 2015, Martin met with his counselor and had a telephone interview for the
Automotive Vocational Technology program at OSP and was accepted into the program. The
following week Matiin was transferred back to OSP. In May 2015 ladders were installed in OSP
cells, and complaining inmates were told to address the issue with the inmate who filed a lawsuit,
which Martin found threatening.
As noted above, Matiin alleges the liability of the College defendants under Section 1983
for the violation of his rights under the First Amendment and for the violation of his due process
rights under the Fmnieenth Amendment, under Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the RA,
and for the violation of his right to full-time employment or on-the-job vocational training while
incarcerated as guaranteed under Article I, Section 41 of the Oregon Constitution. I address the
patiies' arguments in connection with those claims in tum, below.
Notice of Tort Claims Under the Oregon Tort Claims Act
The College moves to dismiss all of Martin's claims against the College Defendants for
failure to provide notice of tort claims under the Oregon Tort Claims Act (the "OTCA"). Oregon
Revised Statute 30.275(a), codifying the notice provision of the OTCA provides as follows:
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No action arising from any act or omission of a public body or an officer,
employee or agent of a public body arising within the scope of ORS 30.260 to
30.300 [governing Oregon statutory tort claims against public bodies] shall be
maintained unless notice of claim is given as required in this section.
O.R.S. § 30.275(a).
Although compliance with the notice requirement of the OTCA is "a mandatory
requirement and a condition precedent to recove1y under the Oregon Tort Claims Act," Urban
Renewal Agency v. Lackey, 275 Or. 35, 40 (1976), it is wholly inapplicable to federal claims,
because the Oregon legislature lacks authority to impose limitations on the rights of plaintiffs to
the protections of federal law. See Rogers v. Saylor, 306 Or. 267, 277-278 (1988). The College's
OTCA t01t notice argument is therefore without merit to the extent it addresses Martin's Section
1983, ADA, and RA claims. Moreover, for reasons set forth below, it is clear that Martin cannot
state a claim against the College defendants under Article I, Section 41 of the Oregon
Constitution. The court therefore need not address the question whether Mmtin's Oregon
constitutional claim could be construed as arising within the scope of Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 30.260 to
30.200. The College's motion (#70) is therefore denied to the extent premised on Martin's
purported failure to comply with OTCA tort notice provisions.
Martin's Section 1983 Claims
In two separate claims, Mmtin alleges the College defendants' liability under Section
1983 for the violation of his Fourteenth Amendment due process rights and for the violation of
his rights under the First Amendment. Section 1983:
affords a "civil remedy"' for deprivations of federally protected rights caused by
persons acting under color of state law without any express requirement of a
particular state of mind. Accordingly, in any § 1983 action the initial inqui1y must
focus on whether the two essential elements to a§ 1983 action are present:
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( 1) whether the conduct complained of was committed by a person acting under
color of state law; and (2) whether this conduct deprived a person of rights,
privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
Parratt v. Taylor, 451 U.S. 527, 535 (1981). It is undisputed for purposes of the College's
motion that the College defendants are state actors.
Martin's Fourteenth Amendment Claim
Martin alleges the liability of the College defendants under Section 1983 for the violation
of his due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment arising out of their conduct in denying
him entry to the Automotive Vocational Technology program. The Fourteenth Amendment
prohibits the deprivation of liberty or prope1iy without due process of law. To prevail on a
procedural due process claim under Section 1983, a plaintiff must establish: "( 1) a libe1iy or
property interest protected by the Constitution; (2) deprivation of the interest by the government;
and (3) lack of process." Wright v. Rive/and, 219 F.3d 905, 913 (9th Cir. 2000) (internal
modifications omitted), quoting Portman v. County of Santa Clara, 995 F.2d 898, 904 (9th Cir.
A due process claim is cognizable only ifthere is a recognized liberty or property interest
at stake. It is well established that a convicted prisoner has no protected liberty or property
interest in a vocational instruction course because there is no constitutional right to rehabilitation.
Rizzo v. Dawson, 778 F.2d 527, 531 (9th Cir. 1985) (citing Hoptowit v. Ray, 682 F.2d 1237,
1254-55 (9th Cir. 1982); see also Coakley v. 1\!Jwphy, 884 F.2d 1218, 1221 (9th Cir. 1989); Smith
v. Lambert, 12 Fed. Appx. 570, 571 (9th Cir. 2001). Accordingly, Maiiin's Fomieenth
Amendment claim against the College defendants is without merit, and the College's motion
(#70) is granted with prejudice to the extent it addresses the Fourteenth Amendment claim.
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First Amendment Claim
Martin alleges the liability of the College defendants under Section 1983 for the violation
of his rights under the First Amendment arising out of their conduct in denying him access to the
Automotive Vocational Technology program in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment
right to file this lawsuit, and, more specifically, for adding defendant Aguinaga as a defendant
herein. A properly pied complaint which alleges retaliation for the exercise of a constitutional
right states a cause of action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. }vlt. Healthy City Bd Of Ed. V Doyle, 429
U.S. 274 (1977). The claim must include an allegation that the plaintiff engaged in conduct that
is constitutionally protected and that the conduct was a substantial or motivating factor for the
defendant's action. Id. at 287.
"A prisoner suing state prison officials under section 1983 for retaliation must allege that
he was retaliated against for exercising his constitutional rights and that the retaliatmy action
does not advance legitimate penological goals, such as preserving institutional order and
discipline." Barnett v. Centoni, 31 F.3d 813, 815-16 (9th Cir. 1994); Rizzo v. Dawson, 788 F.2d
527, 531 (9th Cir. 1985). "To demonstrate retaliation in violation of the First Amendment,
[plaintiff! must ultimately prove that [defendants] took action that 'would chill or silence a
person of ordinmy finnness from future First Amendment activities."' Skoog v. Cnty. Of
Clackamas, 469F.3d 1221, 1231-32 (9th Cir. 2006) (quoting i'vlendocino Envtl. Ctr. v.
lvlendocino Cty., 192 F.3d 1283, 1300 (9th Cir. 1999)). Additionally, plaintiff must demonstrate
that defendants' "desire to chill his speech was a but-for cause of their allegedly unlawful
conduct." Ford v. City of Yakima, 706 F.3d 1188, 1193 (9th Cir. 2013).
Martin alleges he "began to have problems at his job in education after he wrote a motion
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to the federal comi asking to add Ms. Sandra Aguinaga to his Federal 1983 suit." Third Am.
118. Martin alleges that after he filed the motion to amend, Ms. Aguinaga began
writing him up with 'Daily Fail' repo1is that were "ficticious and retribut01y in nature." Third
119. Martin contends that after filing the motion, on September 14, 2015,
Green "called the plaintiff into her office and asked him about his suing 'Sandra."' Third Am.
120. Martin responded that he "was uncomfortable talking about any legal issues
due to the fact that Ms. Green was obviously ve1y agitated. Plaintiff was then told that if he was
suing one of her staff members, then he would be removed from his job in education, as well as
his VT Automotive Program." Id. Martin contends he was removed from his education job and
denied access to the VT Automotive program the following day. Third Am. Comp!.
These allegations are sufficient to state a Section 1983 claim for violation of the First
Amendment. In consequence, the College's motion (#70) is denied to the extent it addresses
Mmiin's First Amendment claim.
Martin's ADA and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Claims
As noted above, Martin alleges the College defendants violated his rights under the ADA
and RA by removing him from the Automotive Vocational Technology program. In support of
his ADA and RA claims, Martin contends:
On 8-19-2015, Ms. Nancy Green, the college coordinator in charge of the VT
Automotive program, learned that plaintiff had added one of her staff to his civil
suit in the federal cou1is. She immediately told him that he would be removed
from his job and programming, she told him that he probably couldn't perfo1m his
school [sic] anyway because he [sic] of his knee. This is a direct violation of both
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12132; and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794.
Third Am. Comp!.
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Mmiin's claims are properly constrned as "reasonable accommodation" discrimination
claims. "Discrimination includes a failure to reasonably accommodate a person's disability,"
Sheehan v. City & Cnty. ofS.F., 743 F.3d 1211, 1231 (9th Cir. 2014) (ADA), cert. granted, 135
S.Ct. 1765 (2015) on remand Sheehan v. City & Cnty. of S.F., 793 F.3d 1009 (9th Cir. 2015);
1'1/ark H v. Hamamoto, 620 F.3d 1090, 1097 (9th Cir. 2010) (Rehabilitation Act).
Title II of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act both prohibit the exclusion of a qualified
individual with a disability from the pmiicipation in, or the denial of benefits of, services,
programs, or activities of a public entity. 42 U.S.C. § 12132 (ADA); 29 U.S.C. § 794
(Rehabilitation Act). To prove that a public program or service violated Title II of the ADA, a
plaintiff must show: (!)he is a "qualified individual with a disability"; (2) he was either
excluded from pmiicipation in or denied the benefits of a public entity's services, programs, or
activities, or was otherwise discriminated against by the public entity; and (3) such exclusion,
denial of benefits, or discrimination was by reason of his disability. Duvall v. Cnty. a/Kitsap,
260 F.3d 1124, 1135 (9th Cir. 2001). Similar standards apply to the Rehabilitation Act claim.
Id., see also 1'vlark H, 620 F.3d at 1097-98 (explaining that to establish defendant violated
section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act by denying plaintiff reasonable accommodation, plaintiff
had to show: (1) she needed disability-specific services to enjoy meaningful access to the benefits
of a public education, (2) the defendant was on notice that plaintiff needed those specific
services, but did not provide those services, and (3) the specific services were available as a
The College points to Mmiin's exhibit X-8 submitted with his second amended
complaint. The exhibit is a December 2, 2015 memorandum from OSP Superintendent Premo to
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Martin in which Premo advises Martin he was never admitted to the automotive vocational
program but had been on a waiting list for the program. Premo asse1ts Martin was not
guaranteed a place in the program, and that the Oregon Depmiment of Corrections "has full
discretion on whom to assign to programs." Pltf. Ex. X-8. The memorandum contains several
allegations of misconduct by Martin.
Mmtin's ADA and Rehabilitation Act claims fail because he cannot show he was
otherwise entitled to be included in the Automotive Vocational Technology program. As
discussed above, prisoners do not have a guaranteed right to educational programs. In addition,
Mmtin submitted evidence tending to establish that ODOC has discretion about who to admit to
programs, suggesting that the College defendants were without authority either to admit or deny
him admission. Moreover, to the extent it is Martin's position that he was removed from or
denied admission to the vocational program in retaliation for adding Aguinaga as a defendant in
this lawsuit, that conduct, if established would not give rise to an ADA or RA claim.
Accordingly, the College's motion (#70) is granted with prejudice to the extent it addresses
Martin's ADA and RA claims.
lWartin's Oregon Constitutional Claim
Mmtin alleges that the College defendants violated Alticle I, Section 41 of the Oregon
Constitution by denying him pmticipation in the Automotive Vocational Technology program.
Martin's third amended complaint does not refer to the Oregon Constitution. It is Mmtin's
position, specifically, that:
Alticle I, Section 41 of the Oregon Bill of Rights was violated when the
[defendants] failed to allow the plaintiff to participate in the programs he had
qualified for even though there was no disciplinmy reason, nor was there any
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benefit to the safety or security of the institution. These were attempts to stop his
complaints and to chill his desire to access the cou11s. These actions resulted in
severe depression, feelings of hopelessness and even suicidal thoughts. This
resulted in mental and emotional damages that are ongoing.
Mem. (#68) in Supp011,
Article I Section 41 of the Oregon Constitution provides in relevant part:
Section 41. Work and training for co11'ections institution inmates; work programs;
limitations; duties of co11'ections director. .. (2) All inmates of state co11'ections
institutions shall be actively engaged full-time in work or on-the-job training. The
work or on-the-job training programs shall be established and overseen by the
corrections director .... (3) .... However, no inmate has a legally enforceable
right to a job or to otherwise participate in work, on-the-job training or
educational programs ....
Or. Const., Art. I, § 41 (emphasis supplied).
The plain language of Section 41 (3) precludes Martin's claim that the College defendants
violated the Oregon constitution by failing to allow Mm1in access to the educational program, in
that it clearly establishes that he had no "legally enforceable right" under the Oregon constitution
to participate in the program. Accordingly, Mm1in's Oregon constitutional claim is without
merit, and the College's motion (#70) is granted with prejudice to the extent it addresses Martin's
Oregon constitutional claim.
For the reasons set foith above, the College's motion (#70) to dismiss is granted to the
extent it addresses Mmtin's Fourteenth Amendment, ADA, RA, and Oregon constitutional claims
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and is otherwise denied, and those claims are accordingly dismissed with prejudice to the extent
alleged against the College defendants, or either of them.
Dated this 9th day of Jannary, 2017.
onorable Paul 'Papak
United States Magistrate Judge
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