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Farris v. Diversified Maintenance, Inc.

United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

November 6, 2014

SARA FARRIS, Plaintiff,
v.
DIVERSIFIED MAINTENANCE, INC., Defendant.

ORDER OF DISMISSAL

CATHY BISSOON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

Having been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”), Plaintiff is subject to the screening provisions in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). See Atamian v. Burns, 2007 WL 1512020, *1-2 (3d Cir. May 24, 2007) (“the screening procedures set forth in [Section] 1915(e) apply to [IFP] complaints filed by prisoners and non-prisoners alike”) (citations omitted). Under that statute, the Court is required to dismiss any action that fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Fedee v. Dow, 2012 WL 5472120, *2 (D. N.J. Nov. 8, 2012) (citation omitted).

Plaintiff asserts claims of employment discrimination against Defendant under Title VII, the ADEA and the ADA. See Compl. (Doc. 2) at ¶¶ 3(a), (b) & (c). She alleges that the discrimination occurred on December 24, 2012. Id. at ¶ 5. Plaintiff filed administrative charge(s) with the EEOC 350 days later, on December 9, 2013. See Id . at ¶ 6.

Under the federal statutes in question, Plaintiff was required to file her administrative charges within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act(s). Overby v. Boeing Global Staffing, 571 Fed.Appx. 118, 119 (3d Cir. Jul. 8, 2014) (Title VII and ADA) (citation to binding authority omitted); Ruehl v. Viacom, Inc., 500 F.3d 375, 382-83 (3d Cir. 2007) (ADEA). She did not do so, and her failure to timely exhaust administrative remedies is clear from the face of the Complaint. Under the circumstances, dismissal is warranted. Smith v. Dep’t of Defense, 2013 WL 2030729, *4-5, 10 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 28, 2013) (dismissal under § 1915 warranted where failure to timely exhaust is apparent on “the face of [the c]omplaint”) (citations omitted); accord Reaves v. Pa. Bd. of Prob. & Parole, 2014 WL 4058829, *4 n.1 (3d Cir. Aug. 18, 2014) (PLRA screening may consider failure to exhaust administrative remedies “if the . . . defect is plain” from pleadings) (citations omitted). The time-bar cannot be cured by amendment, so the dismissal will be entered with prejudice.

For the reasons stated above, this case is DISMISSED with prejudice under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). Based on this ruling, Plaintiff’s Request for Default Judgment (Doc. 3) is DENIED AS MOOT.[1]

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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