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Ye v. University of California

United States District Court, N.D. California

July 25, 2016

WEISHENG YE, Plaintiff,
v.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO, Defendant.

          ORDER RE: PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSE; EXTENDING DEADLINE TO FILE SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT Re: Dkt., 9

          DONNA M. RYU JUDGE

         On July 1, 2016, the court issued an order granting Plaintiff Weisheng Ye’s application to proceed in forma pauperis and dismissing the complaint with leave to amend by July 18, 2016.[1]July 1, 2016 Order [Docket No. 8]. Plaintiff brought this action against the University of California, San Francisco (“UCSF” or “Defendant”) pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for employment discrimination. The court dismissed Plaintiff’s claims because they appeared to be untimely. Plaintiff brought this suit pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for employment discrimination. He alleged that Defendant failed to employ him, violated the labor law, engaged in sexual harassment, covered up harassment, and retaliated against him. First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) [Docket No. 6] at ¶¶ 4-5. The court construed Plaintiff’s FAC as alleging claims for sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII.

         Title VII requires a plaintiff to timely file an administrative charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or a state agency before instituting a lawsuit. B.K.B. v. Maui Police Dep't, 276 F.3d 1091, 1099 (9th Cir. 2002), as amended (Feb. 20, 2002); 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(f)(1); 29 U.S.C. § 626(d). Under Title VII, a plaintiff must file an EEOC charge within 180 days or within 300 days after the alleged unlawful employment practice occurred if Plaintiff “initially instituted proceedings with a State or local agency with authority to grant or seek relief from [an unlawful employment] practice.” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(e)(1).

         In his FAC, Plaintiff alleged that the discriminatory conduct that is the basis for his Title VII claim occurred on or between July 31, 2014 and November 15, 2014, and he did not file an administrative charge of discrimination until September 18, 2015, more than 300 days after the allegedly unlawful employment practice occurred. FAC at ¶¶ 7, 8. The court determined that, based on Plaintiff’s FAC, all of the conduct that was the basis of his claim occurred outside the statutory limitations period.

         On July 18, 2016, Plaintiff filed a document entitled “In Response to Judge’s Order for Amended Complaint.” Plaintiff’s Response [Docket No. 9.] In this document, Plaintiff states that he worked with the UCSF program coordinator from January 2015 to August 2015. Id. at ¶ 1. He also states that in July 2015, a staff member in the Business Account Unit, either at UCSF or the City of San Francisco’s job assistance program, brought him to a room where he was chided by that individual’s supervisor that his reports of harassment were not true. Id. at ¶ 4.

         From Plaintiff’s Response, the court cannot determine whether the conduct Plaintiff complains of from January 2015 to August 2015 was presented to the EEOC or a California state agency prior to the filing of this lawsuit. Although Plaintiff included his notice of his right to sue with his original complaint, he did not provide a copy of the charge he submitted to the EEOC, nor does he explain what conduct was presented in his EEOC charge. EEOC Dismissal and Notice of Rights [Docket No. 1 at 4]; Plaintiff’s Response at ¶ 5. Nor can the court determine whether the conduct that Plaintiff complains of from January 2015 to August 2015 is attributable to Defendant UCSF, or whether the more recent conduct he complains of is based on actions by the City of San Francisco’s job assistance program. See Plaintiff’s Response at ¶ 4.

         Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure states that “[a] pleading which sets forth a claim for relief . . . shall contain . . . a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a). Plaintiffs July 18, 2016 response fails to do so.

         Plaintiffs First Amended Complaint, has been dismissed in its entirety. July 1, 2016 Order at 7. Although Plaintiff did not file a Second Amended Complaint by July 18, 2016, the court has reviewed Plaintiffs Response, and it appears that Plaintiff may be able to allege facts supporting a Title VII claim.

         The court reminds Plaintiff that he should not rely on his prior pleadings in order to make his Second Amended Complaint complete. This is because an amended complaint supersedes the original complaint. Lacey v. Maricopa Cty., 693 F.3d 896, 927 (9th Cir. 2012) (en banc). If Plaintiff wishes to file a Second Amended Complaint, he shall clearly articulate his claims for relief and the all the facts supporting his claims in a single document entitled “Second Amended Complaint.” The court hereby extends the Plaintiffs deadline to file a Second Amended Complaint from July 18, 2016 to August 8, 2016. Failure to file a timely amended complaint may result in a dismissal without prejudice for failure to prosecute the case.

         The court refers Plaintiff to the section “Representing Yourself on the Court’s website, located at http://cand.uscourts.gov/proselitigants, as well as the Court’s Legal Help Centers for unrepresented parties. In San Francisco, the Legal Help Center is located on the 15th Floor, Room 2796, of the United States Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. In Oakland, the Legal Help Center is located on the 4th Floor, Room 470S, of the United States Courthouse, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland.

         The court extends Plaintiffs deadline to file a Second Amended Complaint to August 8, 2016. Failure to file an amended complaint by August 8, 2016 may result in this action being dismissed for failure to prosecute.

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

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