Cherry v. Elizabeth City State University
ORDER dismissing as moot 15 Motion to Dismiss in Part and granting 22 Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint - Defendant's motion for partial dismissal of plaintiff's amended complaint is GRANTED. Plaintiff's Title V II failure-to-promote claims from 2008 and 2009 in count one are barred because Cherry failed to file a timely EEOC charge concerning the non-promotions. Plaintiff's state-law claim in count two is barred by sovereign immunity and fails to stat e a claim. Plaintiff's request for punitive damages is barred by statute. Defendant's motion to dismiss the original complaint is DISMISSED as moot. Defendant may answer the surviving claims in plaintiff's amended complaint not later than October 17, 2014. Signed by Chief Judge James C. Dever III on 9/23/2014. (Tripp, S.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
ELIZABETH CITY STATE UNIVERSITY,
On February 4, 2014, Paul Eugene Cherry ("Cherry") filed a pro se complaint alleging
employment discrimination against Elizabeth City State University ("defendant" or "ECSU") [D.E.
5]. On June 10, 2014, ECSU filed a motion for partial dismissal of Cherry's amended complaint.
See [D.E. 22]. On June 12, 2014, the court notified Cherry about the motion to dismiss, the due date
for his response, and the consequences of failing to respond [D.E. 24]. Cherry did not respond to
the motion to dismiss.
The court has reviewed ECSU' s motion to dismiss and the amended complaint. As for
Cherry's Title VII challenges to his non-promotion in June 2008 and late 2008 or early 2009 in
count one, these claims are barred because Cherry failed to file an EEOC charge concerning these
non-promotions within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory conduct. See,
Webb v. N.C.
Dep't of Crime Control & Pub. Safety, 658 F. Supp. 2d 700, 709 (E.D.N.C. 2009); cf. Am. Compl.,
Ex. A [D.E. 21-1] (EEOC charge). As for Cherry's state-law failure-to-promote claim under N.C.
Gen. Stat. § 143-422.2 in count two, sovereign immunity bars this claim.
Guthrie v. N.C.
State Ports Auth., 307N.C. 522,534,299 S.E.2d 618,625 (1983); Paquette v. Cnty. ofDurham, 155
N.C. App. 415, 418, 573 S.E.2d 715, 717-18 (2002). Alternatively, Cherry has failed to state a
claim under section 143-422.2 in count two.
Smith v. First Union Nat'l Bank, 202 F.3d
234, 247 (4th Cir. 2000); Mullis v. Mechs. & Farmers
994 F. Supp. 680, 687 (M.D.N.C.
1997). Finally, Cherry cannot recover punitive damages from ECSU.
42 U.S.C. §
1981a(b)(l); Googerdy v. N.C. Agric. & Tech. State. Univ., 386 F. Supp. 2d 618,625 (M.D.N.C.
In sum, defendant's motion for partial dismissal of plaintiffs amended complaint [D.E. 23]
is GRANTED. Plaintiffs Title VII failure-to-promote claims from 2008 and 2009 in count one are
barred because Cherry failed to file a timely EEOC charge concerning the non-promotions.
Plaintiffs state-law claim in count two is barred by sovereign immunity and fails to state a claim.
Plaintiff's request for punitive damages is barred by statute. Defendant's motion to dismiss the
original complaint [D.E. 15] is DISMISSED as moot. Defendant may answer the surviving claims
in plaintiffs amended complaint not later than October 17, 2014.
SO ORDERED. This _1.3. day of September 2014.
Chi fUnited States District Judge
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