United States District Court, E.D. North Carolina, Northern Division
JAMES C. DEVER, III, Chief District Judge.
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, e.g., 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. See, e.g., Guthrie v. N.C. State Ports Auth. , 307 N.C. 522, 534, 299 S.E.2d 618, 625 (1983); Paquette v. Cnty. of Durham , 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. See, e.g., Smith v. First Union Nat'l Bank , 202 F.3d 234, 247 (4th Cir. 2000); Mullis v. Mechs. & Farmers Bank , 994 F.Supp. 680, 687 (M.D. N.C. 1997). Finally, Cherry cannot recover punitive damages from ECS U.See, e.g., 42 U.S.C. § 1981a(b)(1); Googerdy v. N.C. Agric. & Tech. State. Univ. , 386 F.Supp.2d 618, 625 (M.D. N.C. 2005).
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] ...