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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
On September 28, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church of Whitestone, Inc (Grace Church). and Episcopal Diocese of Long Island (Diocese) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging discrimination on ... read more >
On September 28, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church of Whitestone, Inc (Grace Church). and Episcopal Diocese of Long Island (Diocese) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging discrimination on the basis of sex 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 EEOC sought injunctive and monetary relief against the defendants. The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge William Wall.

The defendants successfully had the lawsuit dismissed in July 2007, as the EEOC failed to demonstrate that Grace 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 court granted the EEOC leave to amend their complaint. 2007 WL 4914663. On December 18, 2007, the EEOC filed an amended complaint against the defendants.

On January 25, 2008, Diocese moved to dismiss the EEOC’s amended complaint. Diocese argued that the EEOC did not sufficiently plead that Diocese was an employer under Title VII, and therefore the amended complaint should be dismissed. The court did not agree. On July 15, 2008, the court denied Diocese’s motion to dismiss EEOC’s amended complaint.

For nearly three years, the parties underwent discovery proceedings. On November 30, 2012, settlement discussions began. The complainant intervened as a plaintiff, on May 20, 2013. The next day, the parties’ reached an agreement, and the court approved their consent decree.

This consent decree allowed the court to retain jurisdiction for three years to ensure compliance. The decree concerned monetary and injunctive relief. For the monetary relief, the Grace Church agreed to pay $192,000.00 to the charging party and claimant. For injunctive relief, the defendants agreed to refrain from retaliation and sex discrimination. The defendants next agreed to adopt non-discriminatory policies and procedures. In addition, the defendants agreed to provide anti-employment discrimination training to all employees, post notices of this lawsuit’s resolution in prominent places where employee notices were posted, report regularly to the EEOC, and keep records up to date that were relevant to employment discrimination.

There are no indication of non-compliance by the parties, and the duration of the consent decree has lapsed. The case is presumably closed.

David Friedman - 05/29/2008
Sean Whetstone - 07/09/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
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. § 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 that were discriminated against because of their sex.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2013 - 2016
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:06-cv-05302-ERK-WDW (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/21/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-NY-0063-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/28/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [Re: Motion for Partial Summary Judgment] (2007 WL 6831007) (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/05/2007
Source: Westlaw
Judgment [ECF# 22] (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/09/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [ECF# 27]
EE-NY-0063-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/18/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [ECF# 38] (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/15/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervening Complaint with Jury Demand [ECF# 211]
EE-NY-0063-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/20/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 213] (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Korman, Edward Robert (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063-0005 | EE-NY-0063-9000
Wall, William D. (E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0063-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adams, Raechel (New York)
EE-NY-0063-0004 | EE-NY-0063-9000
Batog, Konrad (New York)
EE-NY-0063-9000
Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0063-0001 | EE-NY-0063-0004
Cronin, Linda (New York)
EE-NY-0063-0006 | EE-NY-0063-0007 | EE-NY-0063-9000
Grossman, Elizabeth (New York)
EE-NY-0063-0001 | EE-NY-0063-0004 | EE-NY-0063-0007 | EE-NY-0063-9000
Keenan, Judy A. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-0001 | EE-NY-0063-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0063-0001 | EE-NY-0063-0004
Malloy, Margaret Ann (New York)
EE-NY-0063-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0063-0001 | EE-NY-0063-0004
Rose, Robert D. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-0001 | EE-NY-0063-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Hussey, Brian M. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-0007 | EE-NY-0063-9000
Lund, Charlene (New York)
EE-NY-0063-9000
Lynch, James D. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-9000
Mealiffe, Thomas M. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-9000
Ortego, Joseph J. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-9000
Peters, Bonnie S. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-9000
Weller, James W. (New York)
EE-NY-0063-0007 | EE-NY-0063-9000

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