United States District Court, D. Maryland
October 16, 2014
DIANE MARIE MISKIMON,
ZALCO REALTY, INC., ET AL
J. FREDERICK MOTZ, District Judge.
Plaintiff has filed this pro se action for employment discrimination. The Zalco Defendants ("Defendants") have filed a motion for involuntary dismissal with prejudice on the ground that plaintiff fabricated a personal diary that she has produced in discovery. Defendants' motion will be granted.
Plaintiff produced in response to a request for production of documents a diary that she allegedly maintained. She testified about the diary in her deposition. Plaintiff testified that the notes in the diary were contemporaneous, having been written either at the time that the events described occurred or later in the same day. When confronted with the fact that this could not be so, plaintiff tried to extricate herself by saying that she recorded the dates incorrectly.
The various inaccuracies and inconsistencies and redundancies in the notes are fully described in the memorandum of law submitted by defendants in support of their motion for involuntary dismissal. (ECF 76). I will not reiterate what is said in that motion. Rather, I will summarize the ways in which defendants have demonstrated that the alleged contemporaneous notes are fraudulent. First, the notes allege events in which plaintiff's supervisor, Peter Fabriziani, was an alleged participant, and travel records demonstrate that Febriziani was not at the location described in the notes. Second, in one of the notes dated March 31, 2011, plaintiff stated that she intended to complain to her "big bosses" about Fabriziani's actions when she would be seeing them at the business anniversary party "later this week." In fact, the party had already occurred the day before. Third, the February 12, 2011 note clearly was inaccurate because February 12, 2011 was a Saturday. Not only was Fabriziani not at plaintiff's work site on that day, but plaintiff herself was not working then. Fourth, a note dated June 15, 2011, which described an event during which Fabriziani allegedly had his hand around his crotch, clearly was inaccurate. Plaintiff stated in her note that she spoke with Tiari Dorman about the incident at the front desk area and Ms. Dorman allegedly told her not to go anywhere with Fabriziani. Payroll time reports, which plaintiff prepared and signed herself, reflect that Ms. Dorman was on medical leave on June 15. Fifth, several of plaintiff's notes are virtually identical, suggesting that they were copied.
This court is cognizant of plaintiff's pro se status. However, presenting fabricated notes alleging they were contemporaneous has nothing to do with legal training. The Supreme Court has made it clear that a court has inherent power to impose a sanction of dismissal in response to abusive litigation practices. See Link v. Wabash Railroad Co., 370 U.S. 626, 632 (1962); cf. Roadway Express, Inc. v. Piper, 447 U.S. 752, 765 (1980). Further, dismissal under circumstances as those presented here is permissible under Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b). Pope v. Federal Express Corp., 138 F.R.D. 675, 682 (W.D. Mo. 1990).
A separate order is being entered herewith dismissing this action with prejudice.