Case: EEOC v. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

5:98-cv-00978 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Filed Date: Dec. 31, 1998

Closed Date: 1999

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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 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)

Summary Authors

Aaron Weismann (7/3/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

EEOC v. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, et al

July 31, 2000 Docket

Docket [Court of Appeals]

EEOC v. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, et al

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Oct. 26, 2000 Docket
1

Complaint

EEOC v. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, et al

Dec. 31, 1998 Complaint
13

Order [Granting Defendant's Motion to Dismiss]

EEOC v. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, et al

48 F.Supp.2d 505

April 30, 1999 Order/Opinion

Opinion [Court of Appeals]

EEOC v. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, et al

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

213 F.3d 795

May 22, 2000 Order/Opinion

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Docket

Last updated May 28, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

Complaint filed - Employment discrimination, to wit, reassignment of duties, due to sex and demotion, inter alia, due to sex. JURY DEMAND. (ll) (Entered: 01/05/1999)

Dec. 31, 1998

(ll) (Entered: 01/05/1999)

Dec. 31, 1998
2

Waiver of Service Returned Unexecuted as to Roman Catholic Dioce, Sacred Heart Cathedral. (ll) (Entered: 01/05/1999)

Dec. 31, 1998
3

Request for Waiver of Service as to Roman Catholic Dioce, Sacred Heart Cathedr (ll) (Entered: 01/05/1999)

Dec. 31, 1998
4

Waiver of Service Returned Executed as to Roman Catholic Dioce, Sacred Heart Cathedr 1/8/99 Answer due on 3/9/99 for Sacred Heart Cathedr, for Roman Catholic Dioce (dh) (Entered: 02/10/1999)

Feb. 8, 1999
5

Motion by Roman Catholic Dioce, Sacred Heart Cathedr to dismiss , cs. (response due 3/21/99) (dh) (Entered: 03/03/1999)

Feb. 26, 1999
6

Memorandum by Roman Catholic Dioce, Sacred Heart Cathedr in support of [5-1] motion to dismiss, cs. (dh) (Entered: 03/03/1999)

Feb. 26, 1999
8

Affidavit of Reverand Michael G. Clay, D.MIN. (dh) (Entered: 03/03/1999)

Feb. 26, 1999
9

Memorandum by Equal Employment Opp in opposition to [5-1] motion to dismiss. w/cs. Reply due on 4/8/99. (ll) (Entered: 03/30/1999)

March 22, 1999
10

Affidavit of Joyce M. Austin by Equal Employment Opp Re: [9-1] opposition memorandum. (ll) (Entered: 03/30/1999)

March 22, 1999
11

Affidavit of Thomas Colclough by Equal Employment Opp Re: [9-1] opposition memorandum. (ll) (Entered: 03/30/1999)

March 22, 1999
12

Reply by Roman Catholic Dioce, Sacred Heart Cathedr to response to [5-1] motion to dismiss, cs. (dh) (Entered: 04/06/1999)

April 1, 1999

Motion(s) submitted: [5-1] motion to dismiss submitted. CASE FILE TO JUDGE HOWARD FOR CONSIDERATION. (dh) (Entered: 04/06/1999)

April 6, 1999

Plaintiff submitted an administrative substitution of page 12 of their Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. (This corrects an error in footnote number 4 on page 12). (ll) (Entered: 04/20/1999)

April 20, 1999
13

Order granting [5-1] motion to dismiss. The Clerk is directed to close this case. cys served. signed by Malcolm J. Howard, US Judge. OB Ref: CIV OB# 60, P-43 (dh) (Entered: 04/30/1999)

April 30, 1999
14

Judgment for Roman Catholic Dioce, Sacred Heart Cathedr against Equal Employment Opp. IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED defendants' motion to dismiss is granted and this case is closed. cys served. signed by David W. Daniel, Clerk. OB Ref: CIV OB# 60, P-44 (dh) (Entered: 04/30/1999)

April 30, 1999

Case closed. Non-Permanent. (dh) (Entered: 04/30/1999)

April 30, 1999
15

Notice of appeal by Equal Employment Opp (rp) (Entered: 06/25/1999)

June 23, 1999

Notice of Appellate Action to USCA and counsel re: [15-1] appeal by Equal Employment Opp Appeal Pkg. mailed consisting of Dkting Statement, Transm. Sheet and Index (rp) (Entered: 06/25/1999)

June 25, 1999

Case submitted to: Appeal Clerk [15-1] appeal submitted. (ll) (Entered: 06/25/1999)

June 25, 1999

Notice of Docketing ROA from USCA Re: [15-1] appeal by Equal Employment Opp USCA NUMBER: 99-1860 Case Manager: Merlene Smith-Taylor (rp) (Entered: 07/06/1999)

July 6, 1999

Certificate to USCA and counsel re: [15-1] appeal certifying that the record in this case is complete for purposes of the appeal. Cy. to Judge (rp) (Entered: 08/11/1999)

Aug. 11, 1999
16

Opinion from USCA Re: [15-1] appeal - AFFIRMED (rp) (Entered: 05/30/2000)

May 24, 2000

THE MANDATE IN THIS CASE WILL NOT ISSUE AT THE SCHEDULED TIME BECAUSE A TIMELY PETITION FOR REHEARING AND REHEARING EN BANC HAS BEEN FILED (rp) (Entered: 06/27/2000)

June 27, 2000
18

Certified copy of judgment of USCA Re: [15-1] appeal - affirmed (rp) (Entered: 07/31/2000)

July 31, 2000

**Remove appeal flag - no further appeals pending (rp) (Entered: 07/31/2000)

July 31, 2000

State / Territory: North Carolina

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 31, 1998

Closing Date: 1999

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina (Raleigh, NC), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Demotion

Discipline

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits