Jarvisv.Gen. Land Office of Tex.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISIONJun 11, 2019
Civil Action No. H-18-1463 (S.D. Tex. Jun. 11, 2019)

Civil Action No. H-18-1463

06-11-2019

ANGELA JARVIS, Plaintiff, v. GENERAL LAND OFFICE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, Defendant.


ORDER ADOPTING MEMORANDUM AND RECOMMENDATION

Pending before the court is the Magistrate Judge's Memorandum and Recommendation denying Defendant's motion to dismiss (Dkt. 14). Dkt. 35. Defendant filed objections to the Memorandum and Recommendation. Doc. 36. Plaintiff has not filed a response to Defendant's objections.

A party may file objections to a Magistrate Judge's ruling within fourteen days of being served with a copy of a written order. Fed. R. Civ. P. 72; see also 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). The standard of review used by the district court depends on whether the Magistrate Judge ruled on a dispositive or non-dispositive motion. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 72; see also 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). District courts must determine de novo any part of the Magistrate Judge's disposition to which there is a timely objection. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 (b)(3).

The court has conducted a de novo review of the Memorandum and Recommendation and Defendant's objections. The court concludes that Plaintiff's Intake Questionnaire may function as a timely-filed charge of discrimination and shall relate back to the date of the filing of the Intake Questionnaire.

Defendant also complains that Plaintiff failed to state a claim under Title VII and that the Magistrate Judge failed to consider this alternative ground for dismissal in her memorandum. The court has considered Defendant's motion to dismiss, Plaintiff's response to Defendant's motion to dismiss and Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint. The court finds that Plaintiff has adequately stated a claims for retaliation, constructive discharge and a hostile work environment. Defendant may challenge the factual sufficiency of Plaintiff's claim in a timely filed motion pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56.

Defendant State of Texas's objections are OVERRULED. The Memorandum and Recommendation is ADOPTED IN FULL.

It is further ORDERED that the parties submit agreed dates by June 14, 2019, in order that an amended scheduling order may be entered.

Signed in Houston, Texas on June 11, 2019.

/s/_________


Gray H. Miller


Senior United States District Judge