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Monica Jeffries v. Gaylord Entertainment

March 26, 2013

MONICA JEFFRIES
v.
GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT, ET AL.
DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Peter J. Messitte United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION

The Court once again revisits the suit of pro se Plaintiff Monica Jeffries against her former employer, Gaylord Entertainment and Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (hereinafter, "Gaylord") for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1201 et seq. ("ADA"). Jeffries claims that Gaylord failed to provide reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, then terminated her in retaliation for complaining about Gaylord's failure to provide the requested accommodations.*fn1

This Court previously dismissed Jeffries' claims for hostile work environment based on sex and disability. See Jeffries v. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, et al., 2011 WL 3158602, at *2 (D. Md. July 22, 2011). Pending before the Court are the following motions:

* Jeffries' "Motion to Proceed with Summary Judgment Count One of Two Response to Plaintiffs Second Request for Production of Documents Regarding ADA Parking (Reasonable Accommodation)" (Paper No. 92);

* Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (Paper No. 98);

* Jeffries' "Motion for Summary Judgment Surreply, Memorandum, Points and Authorities" (Paper No. 103);

* Defendants' Motion to Strike Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment, Surreply, Memorandum, Points and Authorities or, in the Alternative, Reply to Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (Paper No. 107); and

* Jeffries' "Motion to File Additional Briefings Per Plaintiff, Per this Court Order" (Paper No. 110).

For the reasons that follow, the Court DENIES Jeffries' Motionsfor Summary Judgment

(Paper Nos. 92 and 103), her Motion to File Additional Briefings (Paper Nos. 110), and Gaylord's Motion to Strike (Paper No. 107), and GRANTS Gaylord's Motion for Summary Judgment (Paper No. 98).

I.

Jeffries began her employment as a "turndown attendant" at Gaylord, a hotel and convention center located in Prince George's County, in March 2008. Her job was to prepare rooms for guests before they retire for the evening, which included replenishing linens, emptying trash, vacuuming the floors, and providing various amenities. Turndown attendants work one of two shifts: an evening shift that runs from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., or an overnight shift that runs from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Jeffries began working the evening shift, but switched to the overnight shift on April 22, 2008.

Although it is not entirely clear from the record when the diagnosis occurred, Jeffries was at some point diagnosed with breast cancer requiring chemotherapy, so she took personal leave after approximately two months of employment at Gaylord. Although she was only eligible for sixty days of leave, Gaylord authorized her to be on leave for several months, from May 8, 2008 until October 8, 2008.*fn2

On October 2, 2008, Jeffries resumed her work as a turndown attendant and asked her supervisor for access to a handicap-accessible parking space. Gaylord's policy is that an employee who requests a parking space as an accommodation "must produce sufficient medical information to make a reasonable accommodation decision for a parking pass." In accordance with that policy, the supervisor asked Jeffries to explain why she needed a handicap-accessible parking space, to which Jeffries replied "well, I don't have to disclose that." Jeffries then renewed her request for a pass to park in a handicap-accessible parking space. A Gaylord representative again requested documentation of her medical need for a pass, and in response, Jeffries delivered a ...


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