United States District Court, N.D. California
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MOTION TO RELATE CASES
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.
the Civil Local Rules, cases are related to one another if:
(1) The actions concern substantially the same parties,