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Case Name EEOC v. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA et al EE-NC-0090
Docket / Court 5:98-cv-00978-H ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Charlotte district office sued The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina and the Sacred Heart Cathedral on December 31, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it ... read more >
The EEOC's Charlotte district office sued The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina and the Sacred Heart Cathedral on December 31, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) by altering the conditions of a female music instructor's employment and ultimately retaliating against her for her discrimination complaint. The Catholic Church moved to dismiss in February 1999, for lack of subject matter jurisdiction (due to the ministerial exception), which was granted on April 30, 1999. See EEOC v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, 48 F.Supp.2d 505 (E.D.N.C. 1999).

The EEOC appealed this decision on June 23, 1999, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district Court's ruling on May 22, 2000. See EEOC v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, 213 F.3d 795 (4th Cir. 2000)

Aaron Weismann - 07/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discipline
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
5:98-cv-00978-H (E.D.N.C.) 07/31/2000
EE-NC-0090-9000.pdf | Detail
99-1860 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 10/26/2000
EE-NC-0090-9001.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 12/31/1998
EE-NC-0090-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Defendant's Motion to Dismiss] 04/30/1999 (48 F.Supp.2d 505) (E.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0090-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [Court of Appeals] 05/22/2000 (213 F.3d 795)
EE-NC-0090-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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