Woodruffv.National R.R. Passenger Corp.

United States Court of Appeals, Second CircuitDec 22, 2010
403 Fed. Appx. 624 (2d Cir. 2010)

No. 10-0325-CV.

December 22, 2010.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Harold Baer, Jr., Judge).

UPON DUE CONSIDERATION, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the judgment entered on December 23, 2009, is AFFIRMED.

Eric M. Woodruff, Brooklyn, NY, pro se.

William G. Ballaine (Kevin P. Sullivan, on the brief), Landman Corsi Ballaine Ford P.C., New York, NY, for Appellee.


Pro se plaintiff Eric Woodruff, who sued defendant National Railroad Passenger Corporation under federal and state law for disability discrimination in employment, appeals from the dismissal of his Americans with Disabilities Act claims as time-barred. See 42 U.S.C. § 12112 et seq. We review a district court's dismissal of a complaint de novo, accepting the allegations as true and drawing all reasonable inferences in plaintiffs favor, see, e.g., LaFaro v. N.Y. Cardiothoracic Grp., PLLC, 570 F.3d 471, 475-76 (2d Cir. 2009), consistent with the pleading standards articulated in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, ___ U.S. ___, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 1949, 173 L.Ed.2d 868 (2009), and Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570, 127 S.Ct. 1955, 167 L.Ed.2d 929 (2007). In doing so, we assume the parties' familiarity with the facts and procedural history of the case, which we reference only as necessary to explain our decision to affirm.

As Woodruff's appeal does not address his New York State Human Rights Law claim, we deem all arguments with respect to this cause of action waived. See, e.g., Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. v. Mortensen, 606 F.3d 22, 28-29 (2d Cir. 2010). In any event, this claim is also time-barred because Woodruff failed to file suit within three years of termination as required by New York law. See Lightfoot v. Union Carbide Corp., 110 F.3d 898, 907 (2d Cir. 1997) (citing Murphy v. Am. Home Prods. Corp., 58 N.Y.2d 293, 306-07, 461 N.Y.S.2d 232, 238-40, 448 N.E.2d 86 (1983)).

Upon careful review of the record, we conclude that plaintiffs claims were properly dismissed for the reason stated by the district court, i.e., they were untimely filed. See 42 U.S.C. § 12117(a); see also National R.R. Passenger Corp. v. Morgan, 536 U.S. 101, 109-10, 122 S.Ct. 2061, 153 L.Ed.2d 106 (2002). We are not persuaded by plaintiffs contention that his administrative complaint was timely filed within 300 days of the final disposition of a grievance proceeding challenging his termination because "the pendency of a grievance, or some other method of collateral review of an employment decision, does not toll the running of the limitations periods." Delaware State Coll. v. Ricks, 449 U.S. 250, 261, 101 S.Ct. 498, 66 L.Ed.2d 431 (1980); see also Bates v. Long Island R.R., 997 F.2d 1028, 1037 (2d Cir. 1993) (noting that "grievance proceeding did not toll the limitations period" for disability discrimination claim).

We have considered Woodruffs other arguments on appeal and conclude that they are without merit. Accordingly, the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.