PA Catholic Diocese Settles Sexual Harassment Claims

Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Manhattan| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in the Bronx| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Brooklyn| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Staten Island| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Queens| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in New York City| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Long Island City| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Maspeth| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Sunnyside| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Middle VillReligious| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Woodside| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Ridgewood| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Astoria| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Jackson Heights| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in East Elmhurst| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Kings County| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in New York County| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Queens County| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Richmond County| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in New Jersey| Religious Discrimination Attorney in New Jersey| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Newark| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Jersey City| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Paterson| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Woodbridge| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Toms River| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Hamilton Township| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Clifton| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Trenton| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Camden| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Cherry Hill| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Passaic| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Old Bridge| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Bayonne| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Vineland| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in North Bergen| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Union| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Hoboken| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in West New York| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Perth Amboy| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in East Brunswick| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in West Orange| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Sayreville| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Hackensack| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Elizabeth| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Linden| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Atlantic City| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Long Branch| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Manalapan| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Rahway| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Bergenfield| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Paramus| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Point Pleasant Beach| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Weehawken| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Wildwood| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Livingston| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Edison| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Union City| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in East Orange| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in New Brunswick| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Pennsylvania| Religious Discrimination Attorney in New York City| Religious Discrimination in Pennsylvania| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Philadelphia| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Pittsburgh| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Allentown| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Erie| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Reading| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Upper Darby| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Scranton| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Bethlehem| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Bensalem| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Lancaster| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Lower Merion| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Abington| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Bristol| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Levittown| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Harrisburg| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Haverford| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Altoona| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in York| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in State College| Religious Discrimination Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre|

PA Catholic Diocese Settles Sexual Harassment Claims

DuBois, PA – Earlier this month the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie in Pennsylvania settled a federal sexual harassment lawsuit involving an elderly parish priest who allegedly sexually harassed a venerable employee of the Diocese. The woman, Plaintiff Kathleen A. Clement,  filed her lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese and two of its parishes in DuBois back in May 2016.

The priest, Defendant Rev. Daniel Kresinski, who is in his 70s,  served at St. Michael the Archangel Church and St. Joseph Church, both in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Clement, who is in her 60s, was employed by the Diocese as a facilitator of religious programs for three parishes. In her complaint, Clement claims that she was sexually harassed by Kresinski and that he repeatedly touched himself in her presence. She also claimed in the suit that his superiors within the Diocese did not stop his behavior despite her numerous complaints. Such inaction created additional liability for the Diocese and parishes involved.

According to the lawsuit, Kresinski’s actions created an “offensive, sexually hostile work environment” from March 2013 until Clement eventually resigned in October 2013. Her complaint states that she was “forced to resign from her employment due to Defendants’ failure to address or remedy the offensive sexually hostile work environment in which [she] was forced to work.”

The two parishes, St. Michael the Archangel and St. Joseph, claim that  Clement only created the allegations in “retaliation against Fr. Kresinski’s demand for greater accountability for Plaintiff’s job performance and as a result of a salary dispute,” and that, she later “resigned from her position on her own accord.”

While the details of the settlement cannot be discussed by the parties, Diocese’s Bishop Lawrence T. Persico accepted the recommendation of the Clergy Review Board that the priest in question cease from public ministry “until further notice for the good order of the church.” Before that time, he had been on paid administrative leave after the federal suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Erie in May 2016.

The church likely felt the pressure to settle after U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter ruled against the diocese and the parishes motions to dismiss. Defendants claimed that Clement did not qualify as an employee subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which applies to employers with 15 or more employees.

If you feel you have suffered sexual harassment on the job contact one of our Philadelphia sexual harassment attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC today for a free consultation. Our attorneys have years of experience litigating claims of gender discrimination. Working together with our New York City sexual harassment attorneys, we have recovered millions on behalf of our clients who were discriminated against because of their gender. If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your gender, please give our attorneys a call, toll-free, at 1877 4NYLAWS, for your free consultation.


Call today to schedule a FREE sexual harassment or employment discrimination legal Consultation in NY, NJ & PA with one of our top rated employment law or sexual harassment attorneys here at the Derek Smith Law Group. You can reach us online or by calling 877.469.5297. Our New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia labor & employment law attorneys handle a variety of cases involving sexual harassment, racial discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and other employment-related claims. We serve clients throughout New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We also have offices in New Jersey and Philadelphia to serve you.

Make Sure Your Lawyers Have the Verdicts To Back Up Their Negotiations – Results Matter!

Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC | Top Rated Employment Law Attorneys Representing Employees Exclusively.
     
New York Office
1 Pennsylvania Plaza, 49th fl.
New York City, NY 10119
Phone: 877-469-5297
Fax: 212-587-4169
Click for street directions »
Philadelphia, PA Office
1845 Walnut Street,
Suite 1600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-391-4790
Click for street directions »
New Jersey Office | Hewitt
73 Forest Lake Drive
Hewitt, NJ 07421
Phone: 800-807-2209
Fax: 212-587-4169
Click for street directions »
New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawyer | New Jersey Gender Discrimination Attorney | New Jersey Workplace sexism Area of Practice Links:
Labor & Employment Law
Workplace Discrimination
New York City Sexual Harassment
New Jersey Sexual Harassment
Philadelphia Sexual Harassment
Wrongful or Retaliatory Termination
Overtime Wage & Hour Violations
Free Consultation with a New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Lawyer 

Our Labor & Employment Attorneys offer a Free Consultation and we charge No Fee Unless We Recover For You