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Maynard v. St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church

United States District Court for the District of Maryland

July 5, 2017, Decided; July 5, 2017, Filed

Civil Action No. WMN-15-3532

Opinion

MEMORANDUM

Before the Court are Plaintiff Doreen Maynard's "Motion for Judgement upon the Pleadings," (MJP) ECF No. 75, and a Cross Motion for Summary Judgment (Cross Motion) filed by Defendant St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church (Defendant or St. Stephen's). ECF No. 98. Also pending is Plaintiff's motion to strike declarations and many of the exhibits that Defendant submitted with its Cross Motion. ECF No. 103. All of the motions are now ripe. Upon review of the pleadings and the relevant case law, the Court determines that no hearing is necessary, Local Rule 105.6, and that Plaintiff's motions will be denied and Defendant's motion will be granted.

I. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

Proceeding pro se, Plaintiff brings three claims of retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq.,1 against her former employer, St. Stephen's. The first claim arises out of Plaintiff's [*2]  suspension, with pay, on October 9, 2014, and the second claim arises out of the termination of her employment three days later. In her third claim, Plaintiff alleges that Defendant continued to retaliate against her after her termination by contacting a potential employer and interfering with her efforts to find new employment. While the parties proffer different motives for the actions taken by the other, the facts and chronology of events that led to the suspension, termination, and contact with another employer are all well documented and generally undisputed. As detailed below, Plaintiff disliked some decisions made by her supervisor, responded to those decisions in a somewhat insubordinate manner, proceeded to violate a workplace policy and, when it became apparent that her job might be in jeopardy, raised an unsubstantiated claim of discrimination so that Defendant would be unable to terminate her employment without facing a claim of retaliation. The facts and chronology of events are as follows.

St. Stephen's is a church located in Eldersburg, Maryland, which operates a school for students from kindergarten through eighth grade - the St. Stephen's Classical Christian Academy [*3]  (SSCCA). The St. Anselm program is a program within the school that serves students with language-based learning differences. John Dykes is the headmaster of SSCCA and Johanna Judy is the Lead Teacher for the St. Anselm program. Eric Jorgensen is the pastor of St. Stephen's and the Chairman of the SSCCA Board.

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2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103258 *; 2017 WL 2865014

DOREEN MAYNARD v. ST. STEPHEN'S REFORMED EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Prior History: Maynard v. St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62700 (D. Md., May 12, 2016)

CORE TERMS

email, retaliation, termination, church, hire, part-time, teaching, interview, telephone, teacher, discriminatory, suspension, gender, morning, conversation, attended, salary, facie