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More Families Join Discrimination Lawsuit – The Charlotte Observer

Six more families have come forward to say their children were forced out of Calvary Church’s child development center because of medical conditions or developmental disabilities. The families are listed in an amended complaint to a lawsuit filed in Mecklenburg County Superior Court in January. The original lawsuit was filed by two couples who said their preschool-aged children were expelled from the center after they developed medical conditions.

South Charlotte Church Faces Lawsuit Alleging Child Discrimination

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One of Charlotte’s largest churches now sees itself facing legal troubles. Two more families are joining a lawsuit against Calvary Church in south Charlotte, claiming the church discriminated against their children by illegally expelling them from school over health issues. “In the beginning, he would cry every morning on his way to his new school,” said Lid Brundage. She was shocked last fall when her four-year-old son Carter was allegedly kicked out of the Calvary Church Child Development Center.

More parents file discrimination lawsuit against Calvary Church – WSOCTV

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A discrimination lawsuit against a south Charlotte mega church is growing, as six more families came forward after Channel 9’s story about the suit aired in January. They claim Calvary Church dismissed their children because of medical or developmental disorders. The amended suit was filed Wednesday morning in Mecklenburg County. The lawsuit highlights allegations that Calvary Church and child development director Pat Collins discriminated against children with disabilities.

More parents allege discrimination at Calvary Child Development Center

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A month after the first lawsuit, more parents are coming forward saying their child was kicked out or not allowed to attend Calvary Child Development Center because of disabilities. The parents of six more children say their children were either denied acceptance or kicked out of the preschool at Calvary Church because of their disabilities. Since the lawsuit was originally filed, the preschool has made a change to a form given to parents.

Families File Lawsuit Against Calvary Church

CHARLOTTE, NC – One of Charlotte’s largest churches is facing a lawsuit. Two families are suing Calvary Church because they say their children were kicked out of the pre-school program because of medical conditions. “How do you tell your 3-year-old that after you’ve been in the hospital, you’ve been to all these doctor appointments, that you can’t go to school anymore?” said Lucy Dunning. “It’s not right. It’s not the right thing to do. You are a church,” said Luis Borjas. The Borjas family and Dunning family say Calvary Church Child Development Center Director Pat Collins expelled their children because of their medical needs in the 2014-15 school year.

Josh Van Kampen mentioned by WBTV.com | Parents Sue Charlotte’s Calvary Church

By WBTV.com
The Calvary Church Child Development Center, located in Charlotte NC, expelled children because of their medical needs in the 2014-15 school year. The families hired attorney Josh Van Kampen and filed a complaint, demanding for the pre-school to provide a nurse and monetary compensation and to adopt the same legal obligations to accommodate, and not discriminate, against disabled children under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Two Families Sue Calvary Church, Saying Children Were Wrongly Expelled From Center

Two Mecklenburg County couples have sued Calvary Church, saying its child development center expelled their preschool-aged children after they developed medical conditions.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, claims the center’s director expelled the students after one was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and the other with abdominal migraines.
Calvary is a nondenominational evangelical church on N.C. 51 in south Charlotte. About 850 children attend preschool or day care at its child development center, according to the church’s website.

Josh Van Kampen Quoted on Changes to the Rules of Discovery in NC Lawyers Weekly

Discovery, the all-important quest for information on which litigation depends, used to involve digging through warehouses full of paper documents, piled sky-high in cardboard boxes. Today, of course, electronic storage keeps an exponentially larger number of documents much closer to hand.
As the nature of discovery itself has changed, the law that governs it is changing, too. On Dec. 1, several major changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect, ones that will potentially have significant reverberations for litigators.

NC Lawyers Weekly features NC Employment Attorney Josh Van Kampen

The number of people filing charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that they had been discriminated against by their employer, has dropped steadily each of the past four years. Just over 4,000 charges were filed in the 2014 fiscal year, a 23 percent drop since 2010. The drop was evident over all the types of discrimination claims tracked by the EEOC.