Glinder R. Brooks, Plaintiff-appellant, v. King County, Department of Development & Environmentservices, Defendant-appellee, 133 F.3d 925 (9th Cir. 1997)Annotate this Case
Before: SNEED, LEAVY, and TROTT, Circuit Judges.
Glinder R. Brooks appeals pro se the district court's summary judgment in favor of King County Department of Development and Environmental Services ("DDES") in Brooks's action alleging he was improperly terminated on account of his race, age, disability, and veteran status. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.
Although the parties did not raise the question of our jurisdiction, we have an obligation to consider jurisdictional issues sua sponte. See WMX Technologies, Inc. v. Miller, 104 F.3d 1133, 1135 (9th Cir. 1997) (en banc). We have jurisdiction over only final orders of the district court. See 28 U.S.C. § 1291. Without the district court's certification, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b), see Frank Briscoe Co. v. Morrison-Knudsen, Co., 776 F.2d 1414, 1416 (9th Cir. 1985), orders dismissing some but not all of the claims are not appealable final orders, see Unioil, Inc. v. E.F. Hutton & Co., 809 F.2d 548, 554 (9th Cir. 1986).
The district court's January 8, 1997 order granting summary judgment on Brooks's claim that he was terminated on account of his race, is not a final order. The district court did not dispose of Brooks's claims of discrimination based on age, disability, and veteran status, which were included in his October 3, 1994 complaint. See Unioil, 809 F.2d at 554. A review of the record shows that there is no Rule 54(b) certification. See Frank Briscoe Co., 776 F.2d at 1416. Accordingly, we lack jurisdiction to consider the appeal.