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Case Name EEOC v. GRACE CHURCH EE-NY-0063
Docket / Court 06-CV-5302 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006 the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church of Whitestone, Inc. and Episcopal Diocese of Long Island in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, and ... read more >
In September 2006 the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church of Whitestone, Inc. and Episcopal Diocese of Long Island in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendants subjected the female complaining party to a sexually hostile work environment and terminated her in retaliation to her opposing these practices. The defendants successfully had the lawsuit dismissed in July 2007, as the EEOC did not demonstrate the church and diocese were an integrated enterprise or an employer of the complaining party. At the same time the EEOC's partial motion for summary judgment was denied. The EEOC filed an amended complaint against the defendants in December 2007, which had not been decided by the time the cases were collected in April 22, 2008. The parties were providing evidence regarding the defendant's motion to dismiss the amended complaint as recently as March 3, 2008.

David Friedman - 05/29/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
Grace Episcopal Church of Whitestone, Inc.
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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
2:06-cv-05302-ERK-WDW (E.D.N.Y.) 03/03/2008
EE-NY-0063-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2006
EE-NY-0063-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [Re: Motion for Partial Summary Judgment] 07/05/2007 (2007 WL 6831007) (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judgment 07/09/2007 (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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