United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern Division
Sabrena Bryson, Plaintiff, Pro se, St. Louis, MO.
Bridgeway Behavioral Health, Inc., Defendant: Mark Douglas
Smith, LEAD ATTORNEY, Residence, Saint Louis, MO; Thomas G.
Bearden, LEAD ATTORNEY, BEARDEN AND BRECKENRIDGE, St. Louis,
A. BAKER, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
matter is before the Court on Defendant Bridgeway Behavioral
Health, Inc.'s (" Bridgeway" ) Motion for
Summary Judgment. [Doc. 31.] Plaintiff Sabrena Bryson did not
file a response and the
time to respond has passed. Bryson is proceeding pro
se. The parties have consented to the jurisdiction of
the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636(c)(1). For the reasons set forth below, the
Court will grant Bridgeway's motion.
filed this action alleging race discrimination under Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000
et seq., and age discrimination under the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. § 621
et seq. Bridgeway is a not for profit organization
that operates emergency safe shelters and support outreach
centers for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Bridgeway also provides residential and outpatient services
involved with the treatment and counseling of those with
addictive disorders including substance abuse and mental
disorders. Jack Barnett is the City Center Site Director,
Jill Kwasniewski is the Vice President of HR, and Kathy
Raniero is the Director of Nursing. Raniero was Bryson's
supervisor during her employment.
October 12, 2010, Bryson was hired as a part-time Residential
Technician. On May 20, 2011, she began working full-time
which included 24 hours of Residential Technician work and 16
hours of work in the kitchen as a cook. On July 2, 2011,
Bryson became a full-time Residential Technician. Bryson
worked the night shift Monday through Friday from 11:00 p.m.
to 7:30 a.m.
October 18, 2012, Bryson received a formal reprimand from
Raniero for sleeping during her shift, resulting in a one-day
suspension. The reprimand indicated Bryson would be
terminated upon the next occurrence. On November 15, 2012,
Raniero sent Bryson an email regarding incorrect billing.
around January 25, 2013, a Screener position was awarded to
Jude Hassan. Bryson maintains she applied for and was denied
the position awarded to Hassan. On May 8, 2013, Bryson was
offered part-time work in the kitchen, which she turned down.
On or around June 17, 2013, a second Screener position was
awarded to Jennifer Armer by promotion. Bryson did not apply
for that position.
to the job description, a Screener is expected to (1) answer
incoming calls from individuals seeking to get into
treatment, (2) complete a standardized screening form on each
caller and enter data into the agency management information
system, (3) schedule appointments for callers to obtain an
assessment, and (4) maintain a standard of behavior that is
at all times consistent with agency expectations and program
philosophy as outlined in the agency's policies and
procedures. The position requires demonstrated excellent
verbal and written communications skills, which are necessary
because a screener must gather, organize, and communicate
information appropriately or patients may not receive the
treatment they require.
October 22, 2013, Bryson received a formal reprimand from
Raniero for unsatisfactory performance of billing and
charting, indicating she would be terminated upon the next
occurrence. Bryson was given additional training on billing.
On November 6, 2013, Raniero again emailed Bryson regarding
incorrect billing. On January 15, 2014, Bryson received