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Arias v. Marriott International, Inc.

United States District Court, District of Columbia

July 19, 2017

ROSA ARIAS, Plaintiff,
v.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION

          GLADYS KESSLER UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Plaintiff Rosa Arias ("Plaintiff) brings this action against Defendant, Marriott International, Inc. ("Defendant" or "Marriott"), for herself and others similarly situated. This matter is presently before the Court on Plaintiffs Motion for Class Certification [Dkt. No. 11].

         Upon consideration of the Motion, Opposition [Dkt. No. 57], Reply [Dkt. No. 59], and the entire record herein, and for the reasons set forth below, Plaintiffs Motion shall be denied.

         I. BACKGROUND

         A. Factual Background

         In 2003, Plaintiff Rosa Arias began working in the Housekeeping Department at Defendant's Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Second Amended Complaint ¶¶ 3, 16, 19 ("SAC") [Dkt. No. 31]. In fulfilling her housekeeping duties, Ms. Arias regularly used hazardous chemicals without the use of Personal Protective Equipment ("PPE"). Id. ¶¶ 3, 16, 17. Ms. Arias asserts that as a result I of working with these chemicals without PPE, she suffered severe eye irritation, headaches, j i respiratory illness and chest pain. Id. ¶ 4.

         In 2015, Ms. Arias requested a four-month medical leave of absence. Id. ¶ 5. While on leave, Ms. Arias gave deposition testimony in another case, Sanchez v. Marriott Corporation, 12-cv-1577 (D.D.C.), a Title VII suit against Defendant's affiliate Marriott Corporation, about the chemicals she used in her job. SAC ¶¶ 7-12. The day before she intended to return to work, Ms. Arias was informed by Marriott that she would be terminated. Id. ¶14. Nonetheless, on September 20, 2015, Ms. Arias returned to her position at Defendant's hotel after nearly four months of unpaid leave. To the Court's knowledge, Ms. Arias remains employed at Defendant's hotel.

         B. Procedural History

         On or about June 15, 2015, Ms. Arias filed a Complaint in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Corrected Notice of Removal at 1 [Dkt.No.2]. On August 8, 2015, Marriott filed a Notice of Removal from D.C. Superior Court [Dkt. No. 1]. On September 10, 2015, Ms. Arias filed her Motion for Class Certification [Dkt. No. 11]. With leave of the Court, on April 21, 2016, Ms. Arias filed a Second Amended Complaint [Dkt. No. 30], which is now the operative Complaint in this matter. Although the Second Amended Complaint initially set forth eight claims, Ms. Arias voluntarily dismissed three claims before the Court considered Marriott's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs Second Amended Complaint [Dkt. No. 33]. In a Memorandum Opinion [Dkt.. No. 53] addressing Ms. Arias' five remaining claims, the Court granted in part and denied in part Marriott's Motion to Dismiss. The Court dismissed Ms. Arias' racial discrimination claim, wrongful termination claim, and aggravated assault claim. As a result, three of Ms. Arias' claims have survived: (1) retaliation under Title VII, (2) breach of contract, and (3) breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

         On December 4, 2016, Defendant filed its Opposition to the Motion for Class Certification [Dkt. No. 57]. Ms. Arias filed her Reply in Support of the Motion on January 3, 2017.

         II. WHERE WE STAND NOW

         As noted, Plaintiffs Motion for Class Certification became ripe on January 3, 2017. Thereafter, the lawyer who had been representing Ms. Arias, had a medical problem and asked for a lengthy continuance.

         The Court has read the briefs for the Motion for Class Certification and has concluded that Plaintiffs original counsel is indeed in need of a great deal of additional help in moving forward with the Motion for Class Certification. See Dkt. No. 53 at 17 n. 6.

         The Court inquired from appropriate individuals at the District of Columbia Bar about the need for additional help for Plaintiffs counsel, but they indicated that they would not ...


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