United States District Court, M.D. Georgia, Macon Division
T. TREADWELL, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
Wesleyan College has moved to dismiss pro se
Plaintiff Kourtney Shelley's complaint. Doc. 6. For the
following reasons, the motion (Doc. 6) is
November 27, 2017, the Plaintiff, who is African-American,
began working for the Defendant as a Transfer Support
Coordinator in the Strategic Enrollment Management Division,
which consists of two departments-Admissions and Financial
Aid. Doc. 1 ¶¶ 7-9. According to the Plaintiff,
soon after beginning her employment, she “was faced
with bullying, causing a hostile work environment, from a
Caucasian female co-worker whose job title was Traditional
Student Coordinator.” Id. ¶ 14. Though
the co-worker was tasked to train the Plaintiff, “she
made it her mission to reduce [the Plaintiff's] worth to
that of a slave.” Id. ¶ 15. For example,
the co-worker allegedly threw a box on the floor in front of
the Plaintiff and told the Plaintiff to “take this to
the conference room, ” even though the co-worker was
closer to the room. Id. ¶ 16. The following are
other examples of what the Plaintiff alleges amount to
• the co-worker placed notes on the Plaintiff's
desk, telling the Plaintiff to take certain things to the
• the co-worker double-booked appointments for the
Plaintiff to meet with various employees and then reported
that the Plaintiff was late and questioned her whereabouts;
• the co-worker sent the Plaintiff “across campus
to make deliveries” and then questioned her
• the co-worker accused the Plaintiff of
“belittling Wesleyan College” by trying to
enforce practices of other colleges at which the Plaintiff
had worked; and
• the co-worker assigned tasks that the Plaintiff could
not perform and blamed her for lack of productivity.
Id. ¶¶ 17, 23-27.
alleged bullying only “escalated” once the
co-worker learned that the Plaintiff had requested a meeting
with her Caucasian male supervisor to inform him that her
co-worker assigned her a supposedly unethical task-not
converting grade point averages for students transferring
from a two-year college in Middle Georgia. Id.
¶¶ 19-20, 22. Two weeks into her employment, the
Plaintiff finally met with her supervisor. Id.
¶ 28. At the meeting, the supervisor told the Plaintiff
that he did not believe this practice of not converting grade
point averages was unethical and, presumably addressing her
concern about the bullying, advised the Plaintiff to report
to him, not her co-worker. Id. ¶¶ 20-21, 28.
that did not stop the alleged bullying. According to the
Plaintiff, “[i]t became a team effort, ” such
that the supervisor stopped speaking to the Plaintiff, and
when the Plaintiff saw the supervisor in the co-worker's
office, the two ended their conversation when she came near.
Id. ¶ 29. During an Admissions' Advisory
Council Meeting, the Plaintiff recalls the supervisor telling
people that the Plaintiff was “close acquaintances with
the only other African-American employee in the room, ”
even though that comment was neither requested nor necessary.
Id. ¶ 31. The Plaintiff also alleges she
overheard the supervisor tell someone that the “black
students at Wesleyan were resentful of the White and Asian
students because they had more financial means. Wesleyan
College should only accept students with high ability and low
need.” Id. ¶ 32. Upon hearing this, the
Plaintiff believed there was “no one to protect
the Plaintiff alleges that another caucasian female co-worker
“was recruited to join the bullying, teaming up with
the initial Caucasian female co-worker to create a myriad of
mendacious falsehoods regarding [the Plaintiff].”
Id. ¶ 33. These co-workers allegedly misquoted
and misrepresented words that the Plaintiff had actually
said. Id. Though the Plaintiff requested another
meeting with her supervisor to address and resolve the
bullying, the meeting never occurred. Id. ¶ 34.
Rather, on January 8, 2018, less than six weeks into her
employment, the Plaintiff was discharged. Id. ¶
12. The supervisor and Human Resource Director allegedly gave
the following reason: “You are just not a good
fit.” Id. ¶ 34. The Plaintiff then
received a letter stating that the Plaintiff was discharged
for “[f]ailure to perform job duties as
assigned.” Id. ¶ 35.
April 30, 2018, the Plaintiff filed an EEOC charge, alleging
race discrimination, retaliation, and bullying and harassment
by a Caucasian female co-worker.Id. ¶ 13. The
Plaintiff then filed her complaint on October 12, 2018. Doc.
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