15-001177 Christopher Orr vs. Ameriscapes Landscape Mgmt., Inc.
 Status: Closed
Recommended Order on Thursday, October 15, 2015.


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Summary: Petitioner failed to prove that he was dismissed from employment because of his race.

1STAT E O F FLORID A

7COMMISSIO N O N HUMA N RELATION S

15CHRISTOPHE R ORR , EEO C Cas e No. NON E

25Petitioner , FCH R Cas e No. 2014-0140 1

33v . DOA H Cas e No. 15-117 7

42AMERI-SCAPE S LANDSCAP E FCH R Orde r No. 15-07 5

53MANAGEMENT , INC. ,

55Respondent .

57/

58FINA L ORDE R DISMISSIN G PETITIO N FO R

68RELIE F FRO M A N UNLAWFU L EMPLOYMEN T PRACTIC E

80Preliminar y Matter s

84Petitione r Christophe r Or r file d f o t complain a discriminatio n pursuan t t o th e

105Florid a Civi l Right s Ac t o f 1992 , - 1 Section s 760.0 760.11 , Florid a Statute s (2013) ,

127allegin g d committe , Inc. , Management e Landscap s Ameri-Scape t Responden t tha a n

143unlawfu l employmen t practic e o n th e s basi o f Petitioner' s rac e (African-American ) b y

165terminatin g Petitione r fro m employment .

173Th e allegation s se t fort h y e 27 t wer n o , and th Januar , investigated complain n i e ,

1962015 , determinatio a d issue r n e Executiv e th Directo findin g o n s wa t ther tha e reasonabl e

220caus e a t tha n believ o t e unlawfu l occurred employmen t practic e ha d .

240Petitione r file d a Petitio n fo r Relie f m fro a n Unlawfu l Employmen t Practice , an d

262th e cas e e d t o th s wa transmitte Divisio n f o Administrativ e conduc Hearing s fo r th e t o f a

291forma l proceeding .

295A n n o , Florida , Beach a n Dayton d hel s wa g hearin y evidentiar i Jun e 29 , 2015 ,

317befor e Administrativ e La w Judg e Lawrenc e P . Stevenson .

331Judg e a Stevenso issue r d n d Orde f o Recommende dismissal , date d Octobe r 15 ,

3502015 .

352Th e f o d recor e th considere d belo d designate l pane n Commissio w thi s an matte r d

376determine d n o n take b e t n actio e th oth e Order Recommende d .

395Finding s o f Fac t

401W e fin d th e Administrativ e La w Judge' s s finding o f fac t t o b e supporte d b y

427competen t substantia l evidence .

433W e adop t th e Administrativ e w La Judge' s finding s o f fact .

451FCH R Orde r No. 15-07 5

458Pag e 2

461Conclusion s o f La w

467W e find th e Administrativ e La w s Judge' o t s fact e th o t f la e th resul o n applicatio w t

496i n a correc t dispositio n o f th e matter .

509W e adop t th e Administrativ e w La Judge' s conclusion s o f law .

527Exception s

529Petitione r file d th o e s exception t Administrativ e La w Judge' s Orde Recommende d r

549wit h th e Divisio n o f Administrativ e , 30 r Octobe s o Hearing n 2015 . exceptio Th e n

572documen t contain s numbere d paragraph s 1 o n e ar ether 54 howeve , h throug r paragraph s

593numbere d 30 7 , 2 o 8 paragrap an h 5 4 , d r appear s paragrap 53 befor e h .

615Whil e th e exception s documen t wa s filed wit h th e Divisio n o f Administrativ e

636Hearing s instea d o f s wa t e documen , Commission e th th timel y filed, Commissio an d th e n

660wil l s wa i h thoug n t t documen e th r conside eve filed g wron e i n th forum . Accord ,

686generally , Bristo l v . America n Water Orde R r , FCH No. 15-04 1 (Jul y 9 , 2015) , v Medin a .

709Departmen t o f Childre n an d Families r R Orde , FCH No. 12-01 6 (Apri l 23 , 2012) , S t

731Loui s v . Florid a Physicia n Medica l Group r Orde FCH , R No. 11-07 8 (Octobe r 6 , 2011) ,

753Garci a v . Hear t o f Florid a Medica l Center r Orde , FCH R No. 2010 10-06 1 (Augus t 10 , )

778an d Lan e v . Terr y Laboratories , Inc. r Orde R FCH , No. 08-02 2 (Apri l 14 , 2008) , an d

801case s cite d therein .

807Wit h e th , Orders d Recommende o s exception o t d regar t Administrativ e Procedur e

826Ac t states , "Th e final l orde r e includ n a shal explici t rulin g n o eac h a exception , bu t n

853agenc y n t e rul t no d a n nee o n tha exceptio doe s y clearl no t identif y d th e dispute portio n o f

885th e recommende d orde r b y pag e numbe r o r , tha t paragraph doe s no t identif y th e lega l

912basi s fo r t r o tha exception e th , doe s e includ t appropriat e no specifi o citation s t th an c d e

941record. " Sectio n 120.57(l)(k) , Florid a Statute s , also , (2015) ; see Taylo r v . Universa l

958Studios , FCH R Orde r No. , 26 h 7 14-00 (Marc 2014) , McNei l Technologies v . HealthPor t ,

977FCH R Orde r No. 12-02 6 (Jun e 2012 ) , 27 d an n Hotels Bartolon e v . Bes t Wester FCH , R

1002Orde r No. 07-04 5 (Augus t 24 , 2007) .

1012A revie w o f Petitioner' s exception s documen t s suggest tha t i t doe s no t full y

1035compl y wit h thi s statutor y provision . y Onl th e materia l presente d a t paragraph s 4 8

1059throug h d f o 4 th e exception s documen t 5 Order ar actua l exception o t s th e Recommende e .

1085Fo r thos e paragraphs t i , ca b e d n t Petitione r tha sai s except an t fact o s foun d d

1112inference s draw n fro m r Petitione t tha , generally d , presented e evidenc e th an except s t o

1134th e Administrativ e La w Judge' s finding o n t tha unlawfu l employmen t practic e occurre d

1155i n thi s matter .

1161Th e i , "I t stated s ha Commissio n s l wel sth e settle d tha t i t i Administrativ e La w

1187Judge' s functio n e ultimat h reac d an d presente e evidenc th conclusion f o l al r conside o 't e s

1213o f fac t base d g resolvin y b e evidenc l substantia t competen n o conflicts , judgin g th e

1236credibilit y o f witnesse s s inference e permissibl drawin d an g therefrom . I f evidenc th e e

1258FCH R Orde r No. 15-07 5

1265Pag e 3

1268presente d support s tw o inconsisten t findings , e t i i s th Administrativ e La w Judge' s rol e t o

1293decid e betwee n them. ' f o Departmen t v n Beckto . Childre n an d Famil y Services , 2 1

1316F.A.L.R . 1735 , a t 173 6 (FCH R 1998) , g citin Maggi o v . Marti n Mariett a Aerospace , 9

1338F.A.L.R . 2168 , a t 217 1 (FCH R " 1986). Bar r v . Columbi a Ocal a Medica Regiona l l

1360Center , 2 2 F.A.L.R . . 1999) R 0 (FCH t a , 1729 173 Accord , Count Bowle s v . Jackso n y

1383Hospita l Corporation . FCH R Orde r No. , 2005) , 6 5 (Decembe 05-13 rEave s v . IMT-L B

1403Centra l Florid a Portfolio , LLC , FCH R Orde r . No 11-02 9 (Marc h 17 , 2011 ) an d Taylor ,

1425supra .

1427I n addition , i t ha s n bee e existenc e th f o n "Th e ultimat e o , stated questio f

1451discriminatio n i s a questio n o f fact. " f o t Florid a Departmen Communit y Affair s v .

1473Bryant , 9 120 a , t . 2 d So 6 58 1205 (Fla . 1 s t . DC A 1991) Accord , Cole y v . Ba y Count y

1503Boar d o f Count y Commissioners . Orde r FCH R No. 10-02 7 (Marc h 17 , 2010) , Eaves ,

1523supra , an d Taylor , supra .

1529Finally , t documen exception s Petitioner' s tha e not e w t file d wit h th e Divisio n o f

1552Administrativ e Hearing s contain s n o certificat e d i tha ha t t bee n o Respondent serve d n .

1576Th e g proceedin thi o t s applicabl s rule e administrativ e state , "Wheneve r a part y s file a

1599pleadin g o r othe r documen t wit h l th e agency y part t tha shal , serv e th copie s o f e pleadin g

1628o r A . n al upo othe t documen r l othe r partie o s th e proceeding t certificat e servic shal o f e l

1657accompan y eac h t r othe documen o pleadin g r d file wit h th e agency. " Fla . Admin . Cod e

1682R , 28-106.104(4) . Se e also , . Fla Admin . Cod e R . 28-106.104(2)(f) .

1698Petitioner' s exception s ar e rejected .

1706Dismissa l

1708Th e Petitio n fo r Relie f f o t Complain d an Discriminatio n ar e DISMISSE D wit h

1730prejudice .

1732Th e partie s hav e th e righ t t o k see judicia l revie w o f thi s Commissio Order . Th e n

1760an d th e appropriat e Distric t f o t Cour Appea l l t notic receiv e f o e appea mus withi n 3 0 day s

1790o f th e dat e i r s s thi Orde file d wit h . th f o n Explanatio Commission th th f o k Cler e e e right

1823t o 120.68 n Sectio , i l appea s foun d i n a Florid Statutes , Rule an d i n th e Florid a s o f

1851Appellat e Procedur e 9.110 .

1857DON E AN D ORDERE D thi s Jjj^ da y o f ,2015 .

1872FO R TH E FLORID A COMMISSIO N O N HUMA N RELATIONS :

1886Commissione r Rebecc a Steele , Pane l Chairperson ;

1894Commissione r Deric k Daniel ; an d

1901Commissione r J . Jef f Grabe r

1909FCH R Orde r No. 15-07 5

1916Pag e 4

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1929i n Tallahassee , Florida .

1934Commissio n o n Huma n Relation s

1942407 5 Esplanad e Way , Roo m 11 0

1951Tallahassee , F L 3239 9

1956(850)488-708 2

1958Copie s furnishe d to :

1964Christophe r Or r

1968c/ o Davi d W . Glasser , Esq .

1977La w Offic e o f Davi d W . Glasse r

198911 6 Orang e Avenu e

1995Dayton a Beach , F L 3211 4

2002Ameri-Scape s Landscap e Management , Inc .

2009c/ o Dea n R . Fuchs , Esq .

2018Schulte n War d & Turner , LL P

202626 0 Peachtre e St . NW , Ste . 270 0

2037Atlanta , G A 3030 3

2042Lawrenc e P . Stevenson , Administrativ e La w Judge , D O A H

2056Jame s Mallue , Lega l Adviso r fo r Commissio n Pane l

2069I HEREB Y CERTIF Y tha t a cop y oflh e g foregoin ha s bee n maile d t o th e abov e

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2098Cler k o f th e Cor i amissio n

2108Florid a Commissio n o n Huma n Relation s

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Proceedings
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Date: 12/16/2015
Proceedings: Agency Final Order
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Date: 12/16/2015
Proceedings: Petitioner's Exceptions to Recommended Order filed.
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Date: 12/16/2015
Proceedings: Agency Final Order Dismissing Petition for Relief from an Unlawful Employment Practice filed.
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Date: 10/30/2015
Proceedings: Petitioners Exceptions to Recommended Order filed.
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Date: 10/15/2015
Proceedings: Recommended Order
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Date: 10/15/2015
Proceedings: Recommended Order (hearing held June 29, 2015). CASE CLOSED.
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Date: 10/15/2015
Proceedings: Recommended Order cover letter identifying the hearing record referred to the Agency.
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Date: 08/17/2015
Proceedings: Petitioner's Proposed Recommended Order filed.
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Date: 08/14/2015
Proceedings: Respondent's Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law filed.
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Date: 07/15/2015
Proceedings: Order Granting Extension of Time.
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Date: 07/13/2015
Proceedings: Respondent's Motion for Extension of Time to File Post-hearing Brief filed.
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Date: 07/01/2015
Proceedings: Order Accepting Qualified Representative.
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Date: 07/01/2015
Proceedings: Affidavit of Dean R. Fuchs filed.
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Date: 07/01/2015
Proceedings: Respondent's Request for Approval of Counsel as Qualified Representative filed.
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Date: 06/26/2015
Proceedings: Order on Motion for Telephonic Appearance.
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Date: 06/26/2015
Proceedings: Respondent's Motion to Appear by Videoconference, in the Alternative, for a Continuance or, in the Alternative, for leave to Allow Witness to Appear at the Hearing by Telepone and Notice of Intention to Order Hearing Transcript filed.
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Date: 05/26/2015
Proceedings: Court Reporter Rescheduled filed.
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Date: 05/21/2015
Proceedings: Order Granting Continuance and Re-scheduling Hearing (hearing set for June 29, 2015; 9:30 a.m.; Daytona Beach, FL).
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Date: 05/21/2015
Proceedings: Unopposed Motion to Continue Hearing Scheduled for May 27, 2015 filed.
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Date: 05/18/2015
Proceedings: Order on Motion for Telephonic Testimony.
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Date: 05/14/2015
Proceedings: Respondent's Unopposed Motion for Leave to Allow Witness to Appear at the Hearing by Telephone without a Notary filed.
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Date: 04/22/2015
Proceedings: Court Reporter Request filed.
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Date: 04/16/2015
Proceedings: Order Re-scheduling Hearing (hearing set for May 27, 2015; 9:30 a.m.; Daytona Beach, FL).
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Date: 04/15/2015
Proceedings: Letter to Judge Stevenson from Dean Fuchs regarding proposed reset dates for final hearing filed.
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Date: 04/13/2015
Proceedings: (Joint) Pre-hearing Stipulation filed.
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Date: 04/06/2015
Proceedings: Court Reporter Cancellation filed.
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Date: 04/01/2015
Proceedings: Order Granting Continuance (parties to advise status by April 13, 2015).
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Date: 04/01/2015
Proceedings: Respondent's Response to Petitioner's Motion to Continue April 14, 2015 Hearing filed.
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Date: 03/31/2015
Proceedings: Petitioner's Motion to Continue Hearing Scheduled for April 14, 2015 filed.
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Date: 03/20/2015
Proceedings: Court Reporter Requested filed.
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Date: 03/17/2015
Proceedings: Respondent's Letter Response to Initial Order filed.
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Date: 03/17/2015
Proceedings: Order of Pre-hearing Instructions.
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Date: 03/17/2015
Proceedings: Notice of Hearing (hearing set for April 14, 2015; 9:30 a.m.; Daytona Beach, FL).
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Date: 03/06/2015
Proceedings: Initial Order.
Date: 03/05/2015
Proceedings: Employment Charge of Discrimination filed.
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Date: 03/05/2015
Proceedings: Notice of Determination: No Cause filed.
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Date: 03/05/2015
Proceedings: Determination: No Cause filed.
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Date: 03/05/2015
Proceedings: Petition for Relief filed.
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Date: 03/05/2015
Proceedings: Transmittal of Petition filed by the Agency.

Case Information

Judge:
LAWRENCE P. STEVENSON
Date Filed:
03/05/2015
Date Assignment:
03/06/2015
Last Docket Entry:
12/16/2015
Location:
Daytona Beach, Florida
District:
Northern
Agency:
ADOPTED IN TOTO
 

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