Williams v. Wells et al
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION. The court adopts the magistrate's R&R 45 . IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendants Motion to Dismiss Doc.# 29 is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. Specifically, Defendants Wells, Severin, Sholly and Greulich are DISMISSED from this action, and Plaintiffs ADEA, GINA, and EPA claims are DISMISSED as to remaining Defendant Professional Transportation. Signed by Honorable R Bryan Harwell on 08/08/2013. (dsto, )
Williams v. Wells et al
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Bryant Wells, Andy Severin, Bob Sholly, )
Steven Greulich, and Professional
Civil Action No.: 4:12-cv-02434-RBH
This action arises out of Plaintiff’s employment with Defendant Professional Transportation.
Plaintiff,1 asserts claims of race discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in
Employment Act (“ADEA”), disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (“ADA”), as well as violations of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (“EPA”) and the
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).
This matter is before the Court after the issuance of the Report and Recommendation
(“R&R”) of United States Magistrate Judge Thomas E. Rogers.2 [R&R, Doc. # 45.] In the R&R,
the magistrate recommends that the Court grant in part and deny in part Defendants’ Motion to
Dismiss. [Doc. # 29.] Plaintiff filed objections to the R&R on May 9, 2013. [ Obj., Docs. # 47, 49.]
Defendants filed no objections.
Plaintiff initially proceeded pro se, but hired an attorney on July 22, 2103.
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 73.02, D.S.C. , this matter
was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Rogers for pretrial handling.
Standard of Review
The magistrate judge makes only a recommendation to the district court.
recommendation has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final determination
remains with the district court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). The Court is
charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the R&R to which specific
objection is made, and the court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the
recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, or recommit the matter with instructions. 28 U.S.C. §
The Court is obligated to conduct a de novo review of every portion of the magistrate judge’s
report to which objections have been filed. Id. However, the Court need not conduct a de novo
review when a party makes only “general and conclusory objections that do not direct the court to
a specific error in the magistrate’s proposed findings and recommendations.” Orpiano v. Johnson,
687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982) (“[D]e novo review [is] unnecessary in . . . situations when a party
makes general and conclusory objections that do not direct the court to a specific error in the
magistrate’s proposed findings and recommendation.”). The Court reviews only for clear error in the
absence of a specific objection. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310 (4th
Cir. 2005). Furthermore, in the absence of specific objections to the R&R, this Court is not required
to give any explanation for adopting the recommendation. See Diamond, 416 F.3d at 315; Camby
v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198 (4th Cir. 1983).
The Court reiterates that it may only consider objections to the R&R that direct this Court
to a specific error. The Court has reviewed the submission that Plaintiff styles as his “objections,”
and they are without merit. Plaintiff merely discusses his difficulties in procuring an attorney and
discusses how “the defendant” is taking unfair advantage of a person with a disability. [Obj., Docs.
# 47, 49.] Accordingly, none of the supposed objections offered by Plaintiff meet the applicable
standard set above as they contain no basis for the objections and contain no additional argument
beyond what is found in Petitioner’s pleadings. See Monahan v. Burtt, No. CIVA 205-2201-RBH,
2006 WL 2796390, at *9 (D.S.C. Sept. 27, 2006) (“[A] district judge should not have to guess what
arguments an objecting party depends on when reviewing a magistrate’s report.” (quoting Lockert
v. Faulkner, 843 F.2d 1015, 1019 (7th Cir. 1988))). To the extent Plaintiff’s arguments constitute
specific objections the Court has reviewed the R&R de novo and agrees with the magistrate’s
findings. The issues in this case were correctly addressed by the magistrate and this Court will not
address the issues a second time.
The Court also notes that to the extent Plaintiff discusses disability and race discrimination,
his ADA and Title VII claims remain. Further, regarding the need for counsel, several weeks ago,
on July 22, 2013, Plaintiff procured an attorney who filed a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice
as to all claims against Defendants Wells, Andy Severin, Bob Sholly and Steven Greulich in this
The Court has thoroughly analyzed the entire record, including the R&R, objections to the
R&R, and the applicable law. The Court has further conducted the required review of all of
Plaintiff’s objections and finds them without merit. For the reasons stated above and by the
magistrate, the Court hereby overrules all of Petitioner’s objections and adopts the magistrate’s
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss [Doc # 29] is
GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. Specifically, Defendants Wells, Severin, Sholly and
Greulich are DISMISSED from this action, and Plaintiff’s ADEA, GINA, and EPA claims are
DISMISSED as to remaining Defendant Professional Transportation.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
Florence, South Carolina
August 8, 2013
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