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Caruso v. Alliance Solutions Group, LLC

United States District Court, D. Connecticut

May 31, 2018

KAYLEEN CARUSO, Plaintiff,
v.
ALLIANCE SOLUTIONS GROUP LLC and MCINTYRE GROUP, Defendants.

          RULING AND ORDER ON MOTION TO AMEND

          VICTOR A. BOLDEN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Kayleen Caruso (“Plaintiff”) has sued Alliance Solutions, LLC and McIntyre Group (together “Defendants” or “Alliance”), a staffing and consulting company, alleging discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000a et seq.; the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46a-60 et seq.; violations of Connecticut's whistleblower statutes, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-51m et seq.; and breach of contract under Connecticut Common Law.

         Ms. Caruso moves to amend her Complaint to include a number of additional causes of action.

         For the following reasons, the Court GRANTS the motion.

         I. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

         Ms. Caruso, formerly an employee of Alliance, alleges discriminated against her on the basis of her gender and claims to have been wrongfully terminated.

         A. Factual Allegations

         Alliance allegedly discriminated against Ms. Caruso on the basis of her gender, subjected her to a hostile work environment, and retaliated against her for bringing to the company's attention unlawful billing and compensation practices. Compl. ¶ 58. Alliance also allegedly breached a contract to pay her an additional $10, 000 for the performance of extra work and further violated Connecticut wage and hour laws in failing to pay her $10, 000. Id.

         B. Procedural Background

         On October 9, 2017, Ms. Caruso filed a Complaint. ECF No. 1. On January 9, 2018, Defendants answered the Complaint. ECF No. 20.

         Ms. Caruso now moves to amend the Complaint to add claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (“ADA”); the Connecticut's Wage and Hour Law, Conn. Gen. Stat § 31-72; the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.; the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act, Conn Gen. State. § 31-51kk; and for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Am. Compl. ¶ 1, Mot. Am., Ex. A, ECF No. 27.

         Ms. Caruso alleges that, in December 2017, she filed another charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), Mot. Am. at 1. On December 21, 2017, Ms. Caruso asserts that the EEOC issued a Notice of Right to Sue. Id.

         Ms. Caruso's counsel represents that counsel for Alliance did not consent to Ms. Caruso amending her Complaint. Id.

         II. ...


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