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Case Name Lyons-Felton v. Edenton-Chowan Board of Education SD-NC-0009
Docket / Court 2:12-CV-00016-F ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) School Desegregation
Case Summary
On April 4, 2012, an African-American woman filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. against her employer, the Edenton-Chowan school district. The plaintiff, who filed the initial ... read more >
On April 4, 2012, an African-American woman filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. against her employer, the Edenton-Chowan school district. The plaintiff, who filed the initial complaint as a pro se litigant and later obtained private counsel, sought damages, alleging that Edenton-Chowan Schools discriminated against her on the basis of her race by refusing to promote her. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that in spite of her academic accomplishments, substantial experience in the field of education, and positive reviews from superiors, she was twice denied promotions to the role of principal on account of her race. The plaintiff also alleges that Edenton-Chowan Schools retaliated against her for filing an EEOC Charge of Discrimination. The plaintiff claimed that after filing this EEOC charge, she was again denied a promotion to a school administrator position and was eventually terminated.

On December 20, 2013, the plaintiff filed a stipulation of dismissal, in which the parties agreed to dismiss all claims with prejudice. Each party was to bear its own costs and expenses, including attorney's fees.

Priyah Kaul - 09/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Education
School/University policies
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) Edenton-Chowan Schools
Plaintiff Description African-American assistant principal in an Edenton-Chowan School.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:12-cv-00016-F (E.D.N.C.) 12/20/2013
SD-NC-0009-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/04/2012
SD-NC-0009-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint (Jury Trial Demanded) 12/11/2012
SD-NC-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice 12/20/2013
SD-NC-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Pro Publica
Judges Fox, James Carroll (E.D.N.C.)
SD-NC-0009-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Davis, B. Joan (North Carolina)
SD-NC-0009-0002 | SD-NC-0009-0003 | SD-NC-0009-0005 | SD-NC-0009-9001
Jessup, Robert H. IV (North Carolina)
SD-NC-0009-0002 | SD-NC-0009-0003 | SD-NC-0009-0005 | SD-NC-0009-9001
Johnson, Russell W. (North Carolina)
SD-NC-0009-0003 | SD-NC-0009-0005 | SD-NC-0009-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Clark, Daniel W. (North Carolina)
SD-NC-0009-0002 | SD-NC-0009-9001
DuBuisson, Eva (North Carolina)
SD-NC-0009-0002 | SD-NC-0009-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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