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On December 11, 2019, Plaintiff Malvin Garnett filed his Complaint against Defendants, Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO and Transport Workers Union Local 555, for allegedly engaging in employment discrimination and retaliation. Plaintiff also asserts a claim for breach of contract.

Plaintiff was a member of the defendant labor organizations when he alleges he was subject to workplace discrimination and retaliation. When Plaintiff was terminated from his position, the Defendants filed a grievance on his behalf. Plaintiff, however, claims that following a variety of inappropriate comments from the Defendants’ Local 555 Manager, Plaintiff’s grievance was withdrawn in retaliation for his raising concerns about discrimination. Plaintiff seeks compensatory and injunctive relief.

The case is in its infancy. Proof of service has not been filed and the case is currently referred to Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow for appropriate disposition. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

In this Title VII action, Plaintiff, Odeiu Joy Powers, alleges Defendants Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Department of Homeland Security, her former employer, discriminated against her on the basis of her race and retaliated against her, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. Plaintiff worked as an auditor at DHS’s Office of the Inspector General, Office of Audits, in Miramar, Florida. According to Plaintiff, her supervisor attempted to terminate her employment because of Plaintiff’s hairstyle; Plaintiff’s work was wrongly attributed to a white coworker; and Plaintiff’s supervisors failed to respond to or properly investigate Plaintiff’s formal and informal grievances, including Plaintiff’s complaint she received a death threat. Plaintiff further alleges her supervisor exhibited a pattern of abuse toward subordinates. Plaintiff resides in Georgia. On February 26, 2019, Plaintiff filed her Complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Plaintiff attached an October 26, 2018 EEOC decision finding no discrimination and informing Plaintiff of her right to file a civil action in the appropriate United States District Court within 90 calendar days. Defendants moved to dismiss the complaint under Rules 12(b)(3) and (6), arguing Plaintiff’s Complaint was untimely-filed and filed in the improper venue. The court denied Defendants’ motion and transferred the case to this District. Upon transfer, the Court entered an Order Setting Trial and Pre-Trial Schedule. Defendants filed an Answer and Affirmative Defenses on December 18, 2019. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

On December 18, 2019, Plaintiff, Eric Smith, filed his Complaint against three medical provider Defendants. Plaintiff alleges Defendants’ decision to refer Plaintiff to another medical facility rather than treat him violated his rights under Title III of the Americans with Disability Act, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and section 760.50, Florida Statutes. Specifically, Plaintiff alleges Defendants denied (and continue to deny) him treatment solely because he is infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Plaintiff claims he has made multiple attempts to schedule an appointment with Defendants but never received an appointment. Plaintiff maintains Defendants are aware of these attempts and refuse to provide him treatment.

Plaintiff requests injunctive relief and seeks compensatory and actual damages. Plaintiff has not yet served Defendants and the deadline to do so is March 17, 2020. Plaintiff is required to pay the filing fee in multiple installments, with the first installment due January 30, 2020. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

In this section 1983 action, Plaintiff, Bernard McCormick, alleges Defendants employed by the Florida Department of Corrections and Centurion Healthcare System, LLC, violated his Eighth Amendment rights. Plaintiff also asserts a common law claim for the intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Plaintiff is a prisoner at the Dade Correctional Institution and has the human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”). In 2017, Plaintiff allegedly began showing symptoms of a serious skin condition. Plaintiff alleges Defendants failed to diagnose his condition and provided him inadequate treatment. Plaintiff claims his condition continued to worsen and he experienced severe itching and burning, as well as lesions on his skin.

Plaintiff states he was eventually diagnosed with a skin infection and informed he needed to begin antibiotics immediately. According to Plaintiff, despite having filed multiple grievances, he did not receive antibiotics for months after this diagnosis. As a result of Defendants’ alleged failure to properly treat his medical condition, Plaintiff states he has suffered permanent scarring over 80% of his body. Plaintiff maintains Defendants deliberately refused to treat his condition to reduce costs.

Plaintiff requests compensatory and punitive damages. On December 27, 2019, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint, which is currently being screened by Magistrate Judge Lisette Reid.

If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Pro se Plaintiff brings this cause of action against Nova Southeastern University, Inc. Plaintiff, a law student at Nova Southeastern University (“NSU”), alleges that he has a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Plaintiff further alleges that NSU violated the ADA by refusing to provide him with extra time to complete his assignments and exams, and by forcing him to handwrite an exam. As a result, Plaintiff seeks injunctive relief. This case is in its infancy, Plaintiff's Complaint was filed on December 13, 2019. Proof of service has not been filed. If interested, please email Otazo-Reyes@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Plaintiff, who is incarcerated, obtained a default judgment against Defendant on his claim for deliberate indifference to a serious medical need, and is attempting to collect on the judgment. If interested, please email bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff filed suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alleging disability discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation. This is Plaintiff's third attempt to file suit before the Court.  Plaintiff has revised his Complaint each time in an effort to satisfy pleading requirements.  Plaintiff's most recent Complaint claims he was employed by the Defendant as a Transportation Security Officer at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Plaintiff alleges he notified his supervisors of his disability, specifically ADHD, and requested an accommodation after he experienced adverse symptoms when utilizing a new procedural technique.  Plaintiff claims he made several requests for accommodation and notified several supervisors of the issue.  Plaintiff maintains he was not accommodated and rather was given a "Letter of Counseling." Plaintiff claims several members of management intentionally humiliated him when he was attempting to comply with the new policy, and as a result, Plaintiff alleges he was working in hostile work environment.  Plaintiff maintains that he was constructively terminated as a result of his disability and request for an accommodation. 

Plaintiff's Complaint is not lacking in factual allegations; however, the Complaint is oddly drafted, repetitive, and confusing.  Plaintiff paid the filing fee in full and is in the process of attempting to serve Defendant.  However, Defendant has not been served with process to date.  Plaintiff must serve Defendant by January 8, 2020.

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Plaintiff  asserts  claims  against  the  Miami-Dade  County  Value  Adjustment Board for increasing the assessment on his property to keep him from getting his 2020 senior citizen benefits. As a result, Plaintiff requests punitive damages. If interested, please email bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff, Bobby Minnis, has filed an action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging various violations of his constitutional rights. The allegations stem from an alleged sexual assault and use of excessive force against him by Florida prison guards, and prison officials failure to provide adequate medical treatment thereafter. The case is currently at the summary judgment stage. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Plaintiff Thomas Cook has filed claims against Defendants Julie L. Jones, H. Matos, and Daniel L. Conn alleging violations of certain constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Specifically, Mr. Cook alleges that he was denied adequate care after he was diagnosed with Hepatitis-C. On September 9, 2019, the Court entered a scheduling order setting the case for trial on February 8, 2021, with all discovery to be completed by September 30, 2020, and all motions due by October 5, 2020. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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