United States District Court, D. Connecticut
RULING AND ORDER ON DISCOVERY DISPUTES AND AMENDMENT
OF PRE-TRIAL SCHEDULE
A. Bolden, United States District Judge.
21, 2019, the Court held a telephonic discovery conference to
address several pending discovery matters in this employment
discrimination action. Minute Entry, dated May 23, 2019, ECF
reasons that follow, the Court will permit the discovery
sought by Plaintiff, but limit it to ensure it is both
relevant and proportional to the needs of the case.
FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
Bayat (“Plaintiff”) worked for Accenture
Corporation LLC (“Defendant” or
“Accenture”) as a Software Engineering Team Lead
from February 2015 to September 2016. See Complaint,
dated Sept. 24, 2018 (“Compl.”), ECF No. 1, at
12, 16. Primarily based in the Hartford, Connecticut office,
he allegedly worked on consulting engagements for Accenture
both locally and out of state. Id. at 12.
in May 2016, Mr. Bayat allegedly “repeatedly brought to
the attention of managers and personnel concerns about H1B,
B1 personnel on U.S. based projects, foreign labor preference
versus U.S. workers and placement on its projects to the
detriment of U.S. Citizen employees, and the lack of
collaboration on the part of management to place U.S. workers
on projects in the US, where it does most of its
business.” Id. at 15.
allegedly responded to these complaints with
“indifference, and retaliation in many forms”
including: (1) denying him a normal salary review; (2) not
placing him on projects conservatively within his range of
experience; (3) preventing him from completing
“training tracks” that he was in; (4) giving
“foreign nationals” preference for those
“training tracks”; and (5) terminating him on
September 7, 2016. Id. at 16.
September 24, 2018, Mr. Bayat sued Accenture, alleging,
inter alia, claims under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §
2000e et seq., and the Age Discrimination in
Employment Act (“ADEA”), 29 U.S.C. § 621
et seq. See Compl.
November 21, 2018, Accenture filed its Answer, denying all
substantive allegations of liability under these statutes and
asserting affirmative defenses. See Answer, dated
Nov. 21, 2018, ECF No. 20.
December 19, 2018, the Court held a telephonic scheduling
conference with the parties. Minute Entry, dated Dec. 20,
2018, ECF No. 26.
following day, December 20, 2018, the Court issued an Initial
Scheduling Order, with discovery set to close by July 12,
2019. Initial Scheduling Order, dated Jul. 12, 2019, ECF No.
April 29, 2019, Mr. Bayat filed a motion to compel discovery.
Motion to ...