Plaintiff Evelyn Fernandez files her Complaint against her former employer Crystal Cruises, LLC for violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 for Defendants discriminatory treatment based on Plaintiffs national origin and age. Plaintiff also brings a claim for unpaid wages and damages under the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Defendant has filed its Answer and Affirmative Defenses. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
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The Plaintiff is appealing the denial of her application for Social Security disability benefits. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.
The Government has filed a lawsuit against Anita Harris (in rem only) and Jose Santiago to foreclose on a mortgage on real estate located in Broward County, Florida. The Government alleges that Defendants have defaulted on a promissory note. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.
Defendant Arturo Vargas is the owner and operator of Arlican Wood Design, a Florida corporation that sells custom-made wood furniture. Vargas and his corporation have been sued for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as state law breach of contract. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.
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that following a variety of inappropriate comments from the Defendants’ Local 555 Manager, Plaintiff’s grievance was withdrawn in retaliation for his raising concerns about discrimination.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
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 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, 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
Plaintiff, a pretrial detainee, brings a Section 1983 action against corrections officials in Miami-Dade County, alleging that the officials have committed various constitutional violations against him, including deprivation of his right to due process, retaliation, and deliberate indifference. Presently, the Defendants have filed a motion to dismiss for failure to exhaust administrative remedies. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov