Gibson v. State of Wis. Dept. of Health, Civ. A. No. 79-C-688.

CourtUnited States District Courts. 7th Circuit. United States District Court of Eastern District of Wisconsin
Writing for the CourtREYNOLDS
Citation489 F. Supp. 1048
PartiesClimertine GIBSON, Plaintiff, v. STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Defendant.
Decision Date11 June 1980
Docket NumberCiv. A. No. 79-C-688.

489 F. Supp. 1048

Climertine GIBSON, Plaintiff,
v.
STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Defendant.

Civ. A. No. 79-C-688.

United States District Court, E. D. Wisconsin.

June 11, 1980.


489 F. Supp. 1049

Climbertine Gibson, pro se.

Bronson C. LaFollette, Atty. Gen., and David C. Rice, Asst. Atty. Gen., Madison, Wis., for defendant.

DECISION AND ORDER

REYNOLDS, Chief Judge.

This is a pro se employment discrimination action brought by Climertine Gibson against the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services ("DHSS").

The complaint alleges that in 1976 plaintiff applied for a position as a probation and parole agent with the DHSS and was placed on a waiting list. On April 21, 1978, plaintiff saw an advertisement placed by the DHSS seeking social worker applicants and called to inquire why she had never been contacted. She was informed that the waiting list had been destroyed. Plaintiff alleges that she was discriminated against because of her race and her age, both of which are unspecified. The only relief demanded in the complaint is for back pay for the time during which there were job openings for which plaintiff was not hired.

Currently before the court is the defendant's motion to dismiss the action for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. For the reasons stated below, the motion will be granted.

The complaint in this action is poorly drafted and sorely lacks factual specificity. To make matters worse, plaintiff has chosen not to respond to defendant's motion to dismiss. Thus, it is extremely difficult to determine on what legal basis plaintiff seeks relief other than her unsupported assertion that she has been discriminated against. Nonetheless, it is the Court's duty to read the complaint as liberally as possible and to consider all possible grounds for relief. Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 92 S.Ct. 594, 30 L.Ed.2d 652 (1972). Accordingly, a fair reading of the complaint suggests the following jurisdictional bases: the Civil Rights Acts of 1870 and 1871, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.

The Title VII and ADEA claims must be dismissed for plaintiff's failure to allege that she has exhausted her administrative remedies. In order to prosecute a civil action under Title VII, a complainant must first file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then receive a right to sue letter following the Commission's investigation and attempts at conciliation. 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(f)(1). Similarly, before a person may institute an action under the ADEA, he or she must give the Secretary of Labor at least

489 F. Supp. 1050
sixty days' notice of an intent to file such an action, during which time the Secretary is required to investigate and attempt to conciliate the complaining party's grievances. 29 U.S.C. § 626(d). Plaintiff does not allege that she followed either of these administrative procedures, thereby foreclosing her from maintaining an action under Title VII or the ADEA

A plaintiff who has failed to exhaust the administrative prerequisites necessary to maintain an action under Title VII may, nonetheless, maintain an action for racial discrimination in employment under 42 U.S.C. §§...

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  • Roybal v. City of Albuquerque, CV No. 85-1616 HB.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 10th Circuit. District of New Mexico
    • July 1, 1986
    ...600 F.Supp. 838 (W.D.Wis.1985); Daisernia v. State of New York, 582 F.Supp. 792 (N.D.N.Y.1984); Gibson v. Wisconsin Dep't of Health, 489 F.Supp. 1048 (E.D. Wis.1980); Christensen v. Quigley Memorial Hospital, No. 84-3388 (D.Mass. November 1, 1985); Gold v. City of Chicago, No. 85-C-4885 (N.......
  • Wilson v. University of Virginia, Civ. A. No. 86-0041-C.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court (Western District of Virginia)
    • July 9, 1987
    ...600 F.Supp. 838 (W.D.Wis.1985); Daisernia v. State of New York, 582 F.Supp. 792 (N.D. N.Y.1984); Gibson v. Wisconsin Dep't of Health, 489 F.Supp. 1048 (E.D.Wis.1980); But see Irby v. Sullivan, 737 F.2d 1418 (5th Cir.1984); Reiter v. Center Consolidated School District No. 26-JT, 618 F.Supp.......
  • United Handicapped Federation v. Andre, No. 4-75 Civ. 627.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. United States District Court of Minnesota
    • June 11, 1980
    ...no evidence in the record which would support a finding that the state defendants acted with bad faith in their individual capacities. 489 F. Supp. 1048 The state defendants have counter-petitioned the court for an award of their attorney's fees as against the plaintiffs under 42 U.S.C. § 1......
  • Gilbert v. Essex Group, Inc., Civil No. 93-256-JD.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. District of New Hampshire
    • December 8, 1993
    ...to allege exhaustion of administrative remedies forecloses an action under the ADEA. Gibson v. State of Wisconsin Dep't of Health, 489 F.Supp. 1048, 1049-50 (E.D.Wis.1980). The court may therefore dismiss a claim for relief 930 F. Supp. 691 under the ADEA for failure to plead exhaustion. Wh......
4 cases
  • Roybal v. City of Albuquerque, CV No. 85-1616 HB.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 10th Circuit. District of New Mexico
    • July 1, 1986
    ...600 F.Supp. 838 (W.D.Wis.1985); Daisernia v. State of New York, 582 F.Supp. 792 (N.D.N.Y.1984); Gibson v. Wisconsin Dep't of Health, 489 F.Supp. 1048 (E.D. Wis.1980); Christensen v. Quigley Memorial Hospital, No. 84-3388 (D.Mass. November 1, 1985); Gold v. City of Chicago, No. 85-C-4885 (N.......
  • Wilson v. University of Virginia, Civ. A. No. 86-0041-C.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. United States District Court (Western District of Virginia)
    • July 9, 1987
    ...600 F.Supp. 838 (W.D.Wis.1985); Daisernia v. State of New York, 582 F.Supp. 792 (N.D. N.Y.1984); Gibson v. Wisconsin Dep't of Health, 489 F.Supp. 1048 (E.D.Wis.1980); But see Irby v. Sullivan, 737 F.2d 1418 (5th Cir.1984); Reiter v. Center Consolidated School District No. 26-JT, 618 F.Supp.......
  • United Handicapped Federation v. Andre, No. 4-75 Civ. 627.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. United States District Court of Minnesota
    • June 11, 1980
    ...no evidence in the record which would support a finding that the state defendants acted with bad faith in their individual capacities. 489 F. Supp. 1048 The state defendants have counter-petitioned the court for an award of their attorney's fees as against the plaintiffs under 42 U.S.C. § 1......
  • Gilbert v. Essex Group, Inc., Civil No. 93-256-JD.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. District of New Hampshire
    • December 8, 1993
    ...to allege exhaustion of administrative remedies forecloses an action under the ADEA. Gibson v. State of Wisconsin Dep't of Health, 489 F.Supp. 1048, 1049-50 (E.D.Wis.1980). The court may therefore dismiss a claim for relief 930 F. Supp. 691 under the ADEA for failure to plead exhaustion. Wh......

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