Case: Lyons-Felton v. Edenton-Chowan Board of Education

7:12-cv-00016 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Filed Date: April 4, 2012

Closed Date: 2013

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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 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. Sp…

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.

Summary Authors

Priyah Kaul (9/24/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Fox, James P. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Davis, B. Joan (North Carolina)

Jessup, Robert H. IV (North Carolina)

Johnson, Russell W. (North Carolina)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Clark, Daniel W. (North Carolina)

DuBuisson, Eva (North Carolina)

Judge(s)

Fox, James P. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Davis, B. Joan (North Carolina)

Jessup, Robert H. IV (North Carolina)

Johnson, Russell W. (North Carolina)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Clark, Daniel W. (North Carolina)

DuBuisson, Eva (North Carolina)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Dec. 20, 2013 Docket
1

Complaint

April 4, 2012 Complaint
47

Second Amended Complaint (Jury Trial Demanded)

Dec. 11, 2012 Complaint
67

Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice

Dec. 20, 2013 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: North Carolina

Case Type(s):

School Desegregation

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 4, 2012

Closing Date: 2013

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

African-American assistant principal in an Edenton-Chowan School.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Edenton-Chowan Schools (Edenton, Chowan), School District

Defendant Type(s):

Elementary/Secondary School

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Education

School/University policies

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Type of Facility:

Government-run