Watson v. Virginia Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Filing 19

MEMORANDUM ORDER that the Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation IN FULL except for the finding that Watson's Complaint be dismissed with prejudice; GRANTS VDACS's 6 Motion to Dismiss; and, DISMISSES WITHOUT PREJUDICE Watson's Amended Complaint. See Order for details. Signed by District Judge M. Hannah Lauck on 3/12/2018. Copy to Pro Se Plaintiff as directed. (jsmi, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Richmond Division SHENIQUA L. WATSON, Plaintiff, Civil Action No. 3:16cv985 VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES, Defendant. MEMORANDUM ORDER Plaintiff Sheniqua L. Watson brings this action against Defendant Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ("VDACS") alleging race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, slander, libel, and violations of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (the "EPA"). VDACS moved to dismiss the Complaint (the "Motion to Dismiss"). (ECF No. 6.) The Court referred the Motion to Dismiss to the Honorable Roderick C. Young, United States Magistrate Judge, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B). (ECF No. 10.) Judge Young filed a Report and Recommendation ("R&R") on February 5, 2018. (ECF No. 11.) Judge Young recommended that: 1) VDACS's Motion to Dismiss, (ECF No. 6), be granted; and, 2) Watson's Amended Complaint, (ECF No. 3), be dismissed with prejudice. (R&R 17, ECF No. 11.) By copy of the R&R, each party was advised of the right to file written objections to the findings and recommendations made by Judge Young within fourteen days after being served with a copy of the R&R. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); (R&R 17). On January 29, 2018, Watson filed

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