Kimberly Morin v. Idbi

2011 | Cited 0 times | D. Maine | September 27, 2011

DECISION AND ORDER ON DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT IN PART

The defendant's motion for partial dismissal is DENIED.

Since the plaintiff has stated that she is not seeking recovery under 26 M.R.S.A. § 601, Pl.'s Opp'n to Mot. to Dismiss at 4 (Docket Item 22) (she says that she made reference to that provision only in passing,1 to show repeated labor law scoffing in her count for recovery of overtime wages, id. at 3), there is no need to dismiss a claim that was never made. The defendant is protected from later unfair surprise by this explicit statement.

The Complaint's reference to a "state-certified special-purpose day school," Compl. ¶ 3 (Docket Item 1), is sufficient to meet the plausibility standards of Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937 (2009), and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). The federal statute refers to an enterprise that "is engaged in the operation of . . . a school for mentally or physically handicapped or gifted children, a preschool, elementary or secondary school, or an institution of higher education." 29 U.S.C. § 203(s)(1)(B). If the defendant's school somehow fails to meet the statutory definition, the defendant can present that argument by motion for summary judgment at an appropriate stage.

SO ORDERED.

D. BROCK HORNBY

1. Compl. ¶ 83 states: "Further, Defendant never afforded Plaintiff the opportunity to take a 30 minute rest break in violation of 26 M.R.S.A. § 601."

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