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Plaintiff's Rsp to Dfts MSJ (Filed 06-25-12)

Plaintiff's Rsp to Dfts MSJ (Filed 06-25-12)

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INTHESUPERIORCOURTOFHENRYCOUNTY5TATEOFGEORGIA
FILEDIN
OFFIOE
HENRYCOUNTYSUPERIORCOURT
JUN25
2012
MICHAELCOOPER,
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Plaintiff,
v.
CIVILACTIONNO:10-CV-0849AM&SAUTOPARTSOFFAYETTEVILLE,INC.andMICHAELBELL,Defendants.
PLAINTIFPSRESPONSETODEFENDANT'SMOTIONFORSUMMARYJUDGMENT
I.
INTRODUCTION
MichaelCooperbasbroughtthisactionsupportedbycopiousevidence,includingthetestimonyofwhitecoworkerswhoheardandsawhimcalled"stupidnigger"and"dumbfuckingnigger"and"mynigger"andnumerousotherracisttauntsbyhiswhitesupervisor,theownerofM&SAuto,Defendant,MichaelBell.Defendantsallowedandencouraged-evenpaid-otherM&SemployeestoraciallyharassCooper.Oneofthoseharassers,PatrickPearson,repentedofhisactionsand,refusingtolieevenattheriskofhisjob,hastestifiedtohisownharassmentofPlaintiff,includingthathewaspaidtoharassPlaintiff.WhilesomeemployeessignedwhattheynowadmitwerefalseaffidavitssupportingDefendants,otheremployeeshaveforthrightlytestifiedtothedisgustingstewofracismandracialhatredinwhichPlaintiffwasforcedtoworkinordertocareforhisdaughter,whosuffersfromsicklecellanemia.Ifthereisanypersonintheworldwhoshouldnothavehadtorefightthecivilrightsstrugglesofthe1950'sand
1960's,
itisMichaelCooper.HisgrandmotherwasAnnNixonCooper,acivilrightshero.http://projects.aic.com/gallery/view/metro/atlantaiann-cooper-
 
hmeral/14.html.picturingMr.CooperinMs.Cooper'shomeafterherdeath).AnnCooperlivedthroughtheJimCrowera,theCivilRightsmovement,andtheelectionofthefirstAfrican-AmericanPresident.ShewashonoredbythePresidentoftheUnitedStatesforherstrugglestoovercomediscrimination.http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/ann-cooper-38Thathergrandsonhashadtosuffertheoutrageousconductatissueinthiscaseisanappallingirony.DefendantswerenotevencontentjusttofirePlaintiff.Oncetheylearnedthathehadbeennamedasapotentialwitnessinanotherlawsuitinfederalcourt,DefendantsfrivolouslysoughttohavehimnamedasaDefendantinthatcase,fornoreasonotherthantointimidatehimandpunishhimfortestifyingagainstthem.ThisretaliatorymotivewasadmittedbyDefendantBell,inathreateningvoicemailmessageheleftforMr.Pearson,tellinghimhewasgoingto"do[Pearson
J
justlike[he]doneCooper,"thathehad"millionsofdollarsinthebank"andthathewould"getyoutoo,buddy,I'llgetyoutoo."Plaintiff'sclaims,asstatedintheSecondAmendedComplaint,areasfollows:CountOne:RaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S.C.§
1981
AgainstBothDefendants(Termination)CountThree:RetaliationForOpposingRaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S
.C.
§
1981AgainstBothDefendants(HostileWorkEnvironment)CountTwo:RaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S.Co
§
1981
AgainstBothDefendants(HostileWorkEnvironment)CountFour:RetaliationForOpposingRaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S.C.
§
1981AgainstBothDefendants(Termination)CountFive:RaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S.c.
§
2000e(TitleVii)AgainstDefendantM
&
S(Termination)CountSix:RaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S.C.§2000e(TitleVii)AgainstDefendantM&S(HostileWorkEnvironment)
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CountSeven:RetaliationForOpposingRaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S.C.
§
2000e(TitleVii)AgainstDefendantM
&
S(HostileWorkEnvironment)CountEight:RetaliationForOpposingRaceDiscriminationInViolationOf42U.S.C.
§
2000e(TitleVii)AgainstDefendantM
&
S(Termination)CountNine:RetaliationForParticipationInAProceedingUnderTheFairLaborStandardsAct,InViolationOf29U.S.C.§215AgainstBothDefendantsCountTen:ConspiracyInViolationOf42U.S.C.
§
1985AgainstBothDefendantsCountEleven:NeglectToPreventUnder42U.s.C.§1986AgainstBothDefendantsCountTwelve:ViolationOfTheAmericansWithDisabilitiesActAgainstDefendantM
&
SCountThirteen:IntentionalInflictionOfEmotionalDistressAgainstBothDefendantsCountFourteen:NegligenceAgainstBothDefendantsDefendantsMotionforSummaryJudgmentgivesapassingreferencetoallclaims.However,Defendants'MemorandumofLawdoesnotmention-andDefendantsmakenoshowingatallregarding~"CountsThree,Four,Seven,Eight,TenorEleven.Assuch,Defendantshavefailedtomeettheirinitialburdenonsummaryjudgmenttoshowanabsenceofdisputeofmaterialfactand,accordingly,summaryjudgmentmaynotbegrantedontheseCounts.NoresponseisrequiredofPlaintiff.However,Plaintiffwillsetforthbelowthelawand3factsgivingrisetotheclaimsinquestionandshowingthatDefendantsarenotentitledtojudgmentonanyclaim.
II.STATEMENTOFFACTS
Plaintiff's
SocialSecurityDisabilityPayments
InDefendants'MotionforSummaryJudgment,DefendantsimplyPlaintiffwaseither

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