Pierre v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE DENYING 33 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, 75 Report and Recommendations. Signed by Judge Ron Clark on 9/10/2012. (baf, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
MELVIN PIERRE, SR.,
NATIONWIDE MUTUAL INSURANCE
CASE NO. 4:10cv523
Judge Clark/Judge Mazzant
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Came on for consideration the report of the United States Magistrate Judge in this action, this
matter having been heretofore referred to the United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 636. On August 7, 2012, the report of the Magistrate Judge was entered containing proposed
findings of fact and recommendations that defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment [Doc. #33]
be denied. On August 21, 2012, defendant filed objections [Doc. #81]. On September 7, 2012,
plaintiff filed a response to defendant’s objections [Doc. #90] .
Defendant objects that the Magistrate Judge erred in overruling its objections to plaintiff’s
summary judgment evidence. The court understands the Magistrate Judge’s apparent frustration with
defendant’s objections, which included objections to almost every piece of evidence offered by
plaintiff. The court agrees that a “misleading” objection is not a proper objection and implies that
the court is being asked to weigh the evidence. Defendant objects that plaintiff failed to authenticate
any of the deposition transcripts. Each of the deposition transcripts contained the court reporter’s
certificate as to authenticity, and defendant did not allege that any portions of the transcripts are
inaccurate. The objections are overruled. Defendant next objects to the declarations of former
employees based upon the assertion that the former employees do not have personal knowledge and
that they are conclusory or vague. Plaintiff argues that both declarations are relevant, as they pertain
to the credibility of defendant’s witnesses and are based upon personal knowledge. The court agrees
and overrules the objections.
Defendant next objects that the Magistrate Judge erred in concluding that the motion for
summary judgment should be denied as to plaintiff’s age discrimination claim. Specially, defendant
objects that the Magistrate Judge erred in finding that there was a material issue of fact on whether
plaintiff was constructively discharged, that there was a material fact issue regarding whether
plaintiff was treated less favorably than similarly situation employees under the age of forty, and that
there was a material fact issue regarding plaintiff’s ultimate causation burden.
The court finds that plaintiff has offered sufficient summary judgment evidence to defeat
defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Although the question of constructive discharge is a
close call, the court finds that there is enough to go to trial. Defendant merely repeats the same
arguments made before the Magistrate Judge, and the court does not see error in denying the motion.
This case appears to come down to judging the credibility of plaintiff and his supervisor, Brian
Defendant next objects that the Magistrate Judge erred in concluding that defendant’s motion
should be denied as to plaintiff’s claim for race discrimination. Defendant asserts that there is little
analysis in the report that addresses the race discrimination claim. Plaintiff responds by adopting
the arguments he made in the summary judgment briefing. The Magistrate Judge combined the age
and race discrimination analysis. Based upon the nature of the evidence in the case, the court finds
no error in denying defendant’s motion as it pertains to the race discrimination claim.
Defendant also objects that the Magistrate Judge erred in deny its motion with regard to
plaintiff’s retaliation claim. Specially, defendant objects that the Magistrate Judge erred in finding
a material fact issue regarding plaintiff’s prima facie case of retaliation and that the Magistrate Judge
erred in finding that plaintiff offered sufficient summary judgment evidence to establish that, but for
his EEOC charge, he would not have been placed on the PIP. The court finds that the Magistrate
Judge did not err, and there is sufficient evidence to deny the motion and proceed to trial.
Having received the report of the United States Magistrate Judge, and considering the
objections thereto filed by defendant [Doc. #81], as well as plaintiff’s response [Doc. #90], this court
is of the opinion that the findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge are correct and adopts the
Magistrate Judge’s report as the findings and conclusions of the court.
It is, therefore, ORDERED that defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment [Doc. #33] is
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 10 day of September, 2012.
Ron Clark, United States District Judge
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