MacDonald v. Grace Church Seattle, et al (1)

Laurie L. Johnston

Case Conclusion Date:August 11, 2006

Practice Area:Employment / Labor

Outcome:Affirmed dimissal of the Title VII claims

Description:Plaintiff sued her church-employer, a regional governing body and the denomination alleging sexual harassment in violation of Title VII. Laurie represented the latter two defendants. Laurie moved for summary judgment arguing that plaintiff failed to file a timely charge of discrimination within 180-days. The court agreed that the 180-day deadline and not the 300-day deadline applied because the Washington Commission did not have subject matter jurisdiction over charges against religious organizations. The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal.