16-001075 Diane Scott vs. P.E.B. Purveyors, D/B/A Mcdonald&Apos;S
 Status: Closed
Recommended Order on Thursday, May 26, 2016.


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Summary: Petitioner failed to prove that she was discriminated against because of her race at the Respondent's restaurant or place of public accommodation, in the provision of services or food, or in conjunction with the issuance of a trespass warning.

1STAT E O F FLORID A

7COMMISSIO N O N HUMA N RELATION S

15DIAN E SCOTT ,

18Petitioner , FCH R Cas e No. 2015-0156 7

26v . DOA H Cas e No. 16-107 5

35P.E.B . PURVEYORS , d/b/ a FCH R Orde r No. 16-03 9

47MCDONALD'S ,

48Respondent .

50FINA L ORDE R DISMISSIN G PETITIO N FO R

60RELIE F FRO M A N UNLAWFU L PUBLI C ACCOMMODATION S PRACTIC E

74Preliminar y Matter s

78Petitione r Dian e Scot t filed f t o a complain discriminatio n pursuan t t oth e Florid a

99Civi l - 1 760.0 d an 509.09 s Section 2 1992 f o t Ac s Right , 760.11 . Florid a Statute s (2015) ,

124allegin g Purveyors . P.E.B , Responden t tha t d/b/ a McDonald's , committe d a n unlawfu l

142publi c accommodation s practic e o n th e s basi o f Petitioner' s rac e (Africa n American ) i n

166th e manne r i n whic h f o r custome a s treate d s wa r Petitione a Respondent' s restaurant .

191Th e allegation s se t fort h y t 4 e wer complain investigated , o , th n Februar and n i e ,

2142016 , th e Executiv e Directo r determinatio a n issue d findin g o n s wa tha ther t e reasonabl e

238caus e a t tha n believ o t e l unlawfu publi c occurred accommodation s practic e ha d .

260Petitione r filed a Petitio n fo r Relie f th e an d cas e wa s transmitte d t oth e Divisio n o f

287Administrativ e f o t e conduc r fo s Hearing th a forma l proceeding .

304A n , n i d hel Marathon wa g hearin y evidentiar s Florida , n o Apri l 15 , 2016 , befor e

326Administrativ e La w Judg e Rober t L . Kilbride .

338Judg e Kilbrid e f r Orde d o a d issue Recommende dismissal , date d Ma y 26 , 2016 .

359Th e f o d recor e th considere d belo d designate l pane n Commissio w thi s an matte r d

383determine d e actio o t n b e take n o n th e Recommende d th Order .

403Finding s o f Fac t

409W e find th e Administrativ e La w Judge' s s finding o f fac t b t o b e supporte d y

434competen t substantia l evidence .

440W e adop t th e Administrativ e w La Judge' s finding s o f fact .

458FCH R Orde r No. 16-03 9

465Pag e 2

468Conclusion s o f La w

474W e find th e Administrativ e La w s Judge' applicatio n o o th resul e la o f w s e fact t t th t

503i n a correc t dispositio n o f th e matter .

516W e adop t th e Administrativ e w La Judge' s conclusion s o f law .

534Exception s

536Petitione r filed th o e s exception t Administrativ e La w Judge' s Recommende d

553Order , n o n e Commissio y b d receive th Jun e 20 , 2016 .

569Ther e i s n o indicatio n s t o n th e tha documen t i t wa provide d i t o Responden t a s s

599require d b y Fla . Admin . Cod e R . 28-106.104(4 an ) d Fla . Admin . Cod e R . 28-106.110 .

625However , n Commissio e publishe d th e documen t t o th e Respondent , an d place d th th e

647documen t i nth e recor d o f thi s case , h throug th e issuanc e o f a notic e o f e x part e

676communication , n o s e partie o t d emaile th Jun e 22 , 2016 .

692Responden t filed a respons e y b d receive , Petitioner' s th o t exceptions e

709Commissio n o n Jul y 1 , 2016 .

718Petitioner' s e th o s t t documen s exception except followin g Orde Recommende d r

736paragraphs : 3 6 , 4 5 , 8 7 , 9 , , , , 10 , 11 , , 12 , 13 , 14 15 , 16 , 17 , 18 , , 20 21 , d an 5 26 , 22 2 .

763I n eac h instance , th e exceptio n take s issu e wit h inference s draw n fro m th e evidenc e

788presente d / an / d o r contain s t commen t abou t th e conten f o t argumen th e indicate d

814Recommende d Orde r paragraph .

820Th e Commissio n ha s stated , "I t s l wel i settle d tha t i t i sth e Administrativ e La w

846Judge' s functio n 't o conside r al l o f e th evidenc e presente d an d reac h ultimat e conclusion s

872o f fac t base d y b e evidenc l t competen n o substantia resolvin g conflicts , judgin g th e

895credibilit y o f witnesse s an d drawin g s inference permissibl e therefrom . I f evidenc th e e

917presente d support s tw o inconsisten t findings , e t i i th s Administrativ e La w Judge' s t rol e o

942decid e betwee n them. ' f o Departmen t v n Beckto . Childre n an d Famil y Services , 2 1

965F.A.L.R . 1735 , a t 173 6 (FCH R 1998) , g citin Maggi o v . Marti n Mariett a Aerospace , 9

987F.A.L.R . 2168 , a t 217 1 (FCH R " 1986). Bar r v . Columbi a Ocal a Regiona l Medica l

1009Center , 2 2 F.A.L.R . 1729 , t a 173 0 R (FCH 1999) . Accord , Bowle s v . Jackso n Count v

1032Hospita l Corporation , FCH R Orde r No. 05-13 5 d an ) 2005 (Decembe 6 r , Eave s v . IMT -

1055L B Centra l Florid a Portfolio . LLC , r Orde FCH R No. 11-02 9 (Marc h 17,2011) .

1076I n addition , e , stated n "Th s ha t i bee ultimat e e existenc e th n o questio o f f

1100discriminatio n i s a questio n o f fact. " a Florid Departmen t o f Communit y Affair s v .

1122Bryant , 58 6 So . 2 d 1205 , t a 120 9 (Fla . 1 s t DC A 1991) . Accord , v Cole v . Ba y Count y

1152Boar d o f Count v Commissioners , FCH R Orde r . No 7 10-02 (Marc h 17 , 2010 ) an d Eaves ,

1175supra .

1177Finally , f n d Petitione wa s r o a n extensio grante tim e o t file t exception s oth e

1200Recommende d Orde r unti l close-of-busines s n o Jun e exception 17 , 2016 . Petitioner' s s

1219documen t d s no t receive wa b y th Commissio e n unti l e Jun 20 , 2016 . I t appear s tha t

1246Petitioner' s exception s wer e maile d t oth e n Commissio b y n o Petitione r Jun e 15 , 2016 .

1270FCH R Orde r No. 16-03 9

1277Pag e 3

"1280Filing " mean s e y th d "receive b offic e k normal g durin cler o agenc e th f y busines s

1304hours... " Fla . Admin . Cod e . R 28-106.104(1) . "N th e l o e tim l additiona adde o t shal b d e

1331tim e limit s fo r filin g exception s o r s response t s ha e servic s whe exception o n bee n mad e

1359b y mail. " Fla . Admin . Code . R . 28-106.217(4) .

1372Petitioner' s exception s ar e untimely . e Se generally , d R D e Mata s v . H an Bloc k

1395Enterprises , FCH R Orde r No. 15-07 4 r (Decembe , 16 2015 ) an d case s therein cite d .

1416Petitioner' s r d rejecte fo ar s exception e al l th e abov e reasons .

1434Dismissa l

1436Th e Petitio n fo r Relie f f o t Complain d an Discriminatio n ar e DISMISSE D wit h

1458prejudice .

1460Th e partie s hav e th e righ t o k t see judicia l revie w o f thi s Commissio Order . Th e n

1488an d th e appropriat e Distric t f o t Cour Appea l t notic receiv e l f o e appea mus withi n 3 0 day s

1518o f th e dat e i r s s thi Orde file d wit h . e th f o n Explanatio Commission th th f o k Cler e e righ t

1552t o appea l i s foun d i n Sectio n , 120.68 a Florid Statutes , Rule an d i n th e Florid a s o f

1580Appellat e Procedur e 9.110 .

1586DON E AN D ORDERE D thi s _ ij da y o f A^/^X. 2016 .

1603FO R TH E FLORID A COMMISSIO N O N HUMA N RELATIONS :

1617Commissione r Rebecc a Steele , Pane l Chairperson ;

1625Commissione r Deric k Daniel ; an d

1632Commissione r Donn a Ela m

1638File d thi s _^f _ da y o f Awk ^ 2016 ,

1651i n Tallahassee , Florida .

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1658Cler k

1660Commissio n o n Huma n Relation s

1668407 5 Esplanad e Way , Roo m 11 0

1677Tallahassee , F L 3239 9

1682(850)488-708 2

1684Copie s furnishe d to :

1690Dian e Scot t

1694715 1 Oversea s Highway , Apt . 30 3

1703Marathon , F L 3305 0

1708FCH R Orde r No. 16-03 9

1715Pag e 4

1718P.E.B . Purveyors , d/b/ a McDonald' s

1725c/ o Scot t A . Bassman , Esq .

1734c/ o Tash a M . Somarriba , Esq .

1743Cole , Scot t & Kissane , P.A.

174911 0 Southeas t 6 t h St. , Ste . 270 0

1761For t Lauderdale , F L 3330 1

1768Rober t L . Kilbride , Administrativ e La w Judge , DOA H

1780Jame s Mallue , Lega l Adviso r fo r Commissio n Pane l

1793I HEREB Y CERTIF Y th f o y e a t tha cop foregoin g ha s n bee maile d t o th e abov e

1821liste d addressee s thi s J-f- da y o f •/fi/^v^C' 2016 .

1835By : ^MfJi/ ^

1839Cler k o f th e Corr^missio n

1847Florid a Commissio n o n Huma n Relation s

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Proceedings
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Date: 08/04/2016
Proceedings: Agency Final Order
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Date: 08/04/2016
Proceedings: Respondent P.E.B. Purveyors, Inc.'s Rebuttal to Petitioner Diane Scott's Ex-parte Communication and Response to Petitioner's "Exceptions" Dated June 15, 2016 filed.
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Date: 08/04/2016
Proceedings: Petitioner's Exceptions filed.
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Date: 08/04/2016
Proceedings: Agency Final Order Dismissing Petition for Relief from an Unlawful Public Accommodations Practice filed.
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Date: 06/15/2016
Proceedings: Order on Petitioner's Post-hearing Letter.
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Date: 05/31/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Ex-parte Communication.
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Date: 05/31/2016
Proceedings: Letter to Judge Kilbride from Diane Scott regarding case filed.
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Date: 05/26/2016
Proceedings: Recommended Order
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Date: 05/26/2016
Proceedings: Recommended Order (hearing held April 15, 2016). CASE CLOSED.
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Date: 05/26/2016
Proceedings: Recommended Order cover letter identifying the hearing record referred to the Agency.
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Date: 05/23/2016
Proceedings: Petitioner`s Proposed Recommended Order filed.
Date: 05/18/2016
Proceedings: Transcript of Proceedings (not available for viewing) filed.
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Date: 05/09/2016
Proceedings: Respondent's Notice of Filing Proposed Recommended Order in Compliance with this Court's Instructions at Final Hearing on April 15, 2016 filed.
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Date: 05/09/2016
Proceedings: Respondent P.E.B. Purveyors, Inc.'s Proposed Recommended Order filed.
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Date: 04/29/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Compliance with Courts Instructions at Final Hearing filed.
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Date: 04/25/2016
Proceedings: Letter to Judge Kilbride from Diane Scott regarding Scott Bassman filed.
Date: 04/15/2016
Proceedings: CASE STATUS: Hearing Held.
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Date: 04/13/2016
Proceedings: Court Reporter Request filed.
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Date: 04/13/2016
Proceedings: Respondent P.E.B. Purveyors, Inc.'s Motion to Dismiss Petitioner's Petition for Relief or, in the Alternative, to Exclude Any Undisclosed Witnesses from the Final Hearing in This Matter filed.
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Date: 04/11/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Further Compliance with this Court's Order of Pre-hearing Instructions Entered on March 10, 2016 filed.
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Date: 04/08/2016
Proceedings: Supboena Ad Testificandum (to Myra Baucom) filed.
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Proceedings: Supboena Ad Testificandum (to Rikki Whitmore) filed.
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Proceedings: Subpeona Duces Tecum (of Frank DuPonty) filed.
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Proceedings: Subpeona Duces Tecum (to Janeth Calvert) filed.
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Proceedings: Subpoena Duces Tecum (to Matt O'Neal) filed.
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Proceedings: Subpoena Duces Tecum (to Rosa DiGiovanni) filed.
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Date: 04/08/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Compliance with Court's Order of Pre-hearing Instructions Entered on March 10, 2016 filed.
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Date: 04/04/2016
Proceedings: Order Denying Motion to Shorten Time to Respond to Discovery.
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Date: 04/01/2016
Proceedings: Respondent, P.E.B., Purveyors, Inc.'s Motion to Shorten Time for Petitioner to Respond to Respondent's Written Discovery Requests filed.
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Date: 04/01/2016
Proceedings: Letter to Judge Kilbride from Diane Scott regarding the Notice of Taking Deposition filed.
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Date: 03/31/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Intent to Request Hearing Transcript filed.
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Date: 03/30/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Taking Deposition Duces Tecum (of Diane Scott) filed.
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Date: 03/29/2016
Proceedings: Order Granting Motion to Compel Petitioner's Deposition.
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Date: 03/28/2016
Proceedings: Respondent P.E.B. Purveyors, Inc.'s Motion to Compel Petitioner's Deposition filed.
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Date: 03/25/2016
Proceedings: Order Denying Continuance of Final Hearing.
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Date: 03/24/2016
Proceedings: Respondent P.E.B. Purveyors, Inc.'s Motion for Continuance of Hearing filed.
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Date: 03/11/2016
Proceedings: Amended Notice of Hearing (hearing set for April 15, 2016; 9:00 a.m.; Marathon, FL; amended as to hearing location).
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Date: 03/10/2016
Proceedings: Order of Pre-hearing Instructions.
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Date: 03/10/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Hearing (hearing set for April 15, 2016; 9:00 a.m.; Marathon, FL).
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Date: 03/08/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Appearance (Scott Bassman) filed.
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Date: 03/03/2016
Proceedings: Petitioner's Response to Initial Order filed.
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Date: 02/25/2016
Proceedings: Initial Order.
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Date: 02/24/2016
Proceedings: Public Accommodation Complaint of Discrimination filed.
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Date: 02/24/2016
Proceedings: Notice of Determination: No Reasonable Cause filed.
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Date: 02/24/2016
Proceedings: Determination: No Reasonable Cause filed.
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Date: 02/24/2016
Proceedings: Petition for Relief filed.
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Date: 02/24/2016
Proceedings: Transmittal of Petition filed by the Agency.

Case Information

Judge:
ROBERT L. KILBRIDE
Date Filed:
02/24/2016
Date Assignment:
02/25/2016
Last Docket Entry:
08/04/2016
Location:
Marathon, Florida
District:
Southern
Agency:
ADOPTED IN TOTO
 

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