The opinion of the court was delivered by: LARIMER
Plaintiff, Guyton C. Penns, filed the complaint in this action on January 17, 1997. The complaint asserts a cause of action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and a cause of action under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. Plaintiff alleges that defendant, Gannett Rochester Newspapers, terminated his employment and took other adverse action against him on account of his race and in retaliation for his complaints of race discrimination, and because of his partial disability stemming from a back and ankle injury. Defendant has moved to dismiss plaintiff's ADA claim on the ground that plaintiff has not timely filed a claim of disability discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). Plaintiff has not responded to the merits of the motion.
In the case at bar, the alleged act of disability discrimination--plaintiff's termination--occurred on July 27, 1995. Plaintiff filed a complaint with the EEOC on June 2, 1993, but that complaint alleged only race discrimination. There was no reference whatsoever to plaintiff's disability. Although the district court may assume jurisdiction only over complaints containing allegations that are "reasonably related" to the allegations in the EEOC complaint, see Stewart v. United States I.N.S., 762 F.2d 193, 198 (2d Cir. 1985), plaintiff's allegations of disability discrimination clearly do not fall within the meaning of that term. See Rodriguez v. Gary Plastic Packaging Corp., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 321, No. 95 CIV. 4900, 1997 WL 16665 (S.D.N.Y. Jan 16, 1997) (dismissing ADA claim since plaintiff's EEOC charge mentioned alleged only discrimination on basis of plaintiff's color and national origin, and made no reference to disability discrimination or even any health problems that plaintiff might have had). Since plaintiff has not filed a disability discrimination claim with the EEOC within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act, his ADA claim must be dismissed.
Defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 6) is granted.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
Dated: Rochester, New York