Pulchalski v. Franklin County
MEMORANDUM ORDER re: the scope of any disciplinary comparator discovery. Signed by Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson on February 9, 2017. (kjn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
CIVIL NO. 15-CV-1365
(Magistrate Judge Carlson)
This is an employment discrimination action. The plaintiff initiated this
lawsuit by filing a complaint against Franklin County on June 13, 2015. (Doc. 1.)
In this complaint the plaintiff alleges that he was formerly employed at the
Franklin County Jail, and he claims that other employees at the jail discriminated
against him in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The defendants, in
turn, have alleged that the actions taken with respect to the plaintiff were
appropriate disciplinary actions given alleged workplace misconduct by the
Given the issues framed by the parties in this lawsuit, some discovery has
been undertaken in order to determine the degree to which comparable punishment
was administered by prison officials in other instances of similar staff misconduct.
The parties have requested our assistance in a discovery dispute relating to the
scope of this discovery concerning comparable disciplinary matters. The plaintiff
has served discovery demands which seeks disclosure a range of disciplinary
actions, and even complaints which may not have yielded disciplinary action, for a
four years period. Having thoroughly discussed this matter with counsel, and
mindful of the fact that there needs to be fairly close correlation between
comparators in an employment discrimination case, we have instructed the parties
that the scope of any disciplinary comparator discovery should be defined as
The defendants should conduct a search encompassing the 2 years
period preceding the dates of the events alleged in the plaintiff’s
complaint for all records relating to disciplinary actions, including
verbal or written reprimands, suspensions or discharged of employees
taken as a result of findings that employees engaged in the following
conduct: Threatening or assaulting co-workers, supervisors, visitors
or inmates. To the extent that this search reveals any potential
comparators in terms of discipline meted out to other staff for conduct
falling within the scope of this order, the defendants will also search
of any prior disciplinary history relating to the potential comparator.
So ordered this 9th day of February, 2017.
/s/ Martin C. Carlson
Martin C. Carlson
United States Magistrate Judge
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