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Hill v. Goodfellow Top Grade

United States District Court, N.D. California

June 28, 2019

TRINA HILL, Plaintiff,
v.
GOODFELLOW TOP GRADE, Defendant.

          ORDER DENYING MOTION TO RELATE; DENYING MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE; GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART MOTION TO REOPEN DISCOVERY RE: DKT. NOS. 74, 77, 78

          HAYWOOD S. GILLIAM, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Currently before the Court are Plaintiff's motions to (1) relate her case to Monroe v. Goodfellow Top Grade, No. 3:18-cv-07673-LB, Dkt. No. 74; (2) consolidate her case with Monroe, Dkt. No. 78; and (3) reopen discovery, Dkt. No. 77.

         I. BACKGROUND

         A. Hill's Allegations

         Plaintiff Trina Hill initially brought this case pro se on March 6, 2018, alleging that her former employer, Goodfellow Top Grade, discriminated against and harassed her based on her race, color, and sex, and retaliated against her for exercising her rights, thus violating Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e, et seq. See Complaint, Dkt. No. 1. Hill alleged that she began working for Goodfellow on May 19, 2017, id. ¶ 10, and experienced discrimination and harassment from co-workers and supervisors from shortly after her hiring until she was constructively discharged due to stress on September 20, 2017, id. ¶¶ 14-23.

         B. Hill's Suit

         On October 16, 2018, the Court appointed pro bono counsel from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP for the limited scope of representing Hill in a settlement conference and conducting the discovery necessary to prepare for a settlement conference. See Dkt. Nos. 44, 45. The parties attended a settlement conference on February 21, 2019, but were unable to reach a settlement agreement. See Dkt. No. 61. Fact discovery closed on March 11. See Dkt. No. 59.

         On May 5, 2019, the Court terminated prior pro bono counsel and appointed new pro bono counsel from Fenwick & West LLP to represent Hill “for all purposes for the duration of [the] case.” See Dkt. No. 67. On June 4, 2019, the parties appeared before the Court for an initial case management conference, at which the Court set the briefing schedule for these motions. See Dkt. No. 75.

         C. Monroe's Case

         Diana Monroe, proceeding pro se, brought an action against Goodfellow Top Grade on December 21, 2018, alleging that it subjected her to a hostile work environment and discriminated against her based on her sex and race and retaliated against her when she lodged a complaint. See Monroe v. Goodfellow Top Grade, No. 3:18-cv-07673-LB (“Monroe”), Dkt. No. 1. Monroe alleged that she was hired by Goodfellow on March 2, 2017, and terminated on July 19, 2017. See Id. On March 25, 2019, Monroe was appointed pro bono counsel from Fenwick & West LLP. See Monroe, Dkt. No. 23.

         II.ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO RELATE CASES

         Hill moved on June 5 to relate her case with that of Monroe's, contending that they will “require determination of substantially the same questions of fact and law.” See Dkt. No. 74 at 2. Defendants opposed. See Dkt. No. 76.

         Under the Civil Local Rules, cases are related to one another if:

(1) The actions concern substantially the same parties, property, ...

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