Ambushed by Trust: Attorney Misdeed Ends in Fatal Outcome for Case 1:12-CV-0169

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Disciplinary Council of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found cause to believe attorney conspired with a local college to have race discrimination complaint filed by Dr. Subrina S. Taylor dismissed.

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Dr. Subrina S. Taylor

Attorneys hired to represent plaintiffs in court are expected to fight for the rights of their clients. When an attorney conspires against his or her client, a breach of trust is committed. An ex-dean of a local community college, Dr. Subrina Taylor, had such an experience when she alleged her own attorney conspired against her to have case number: 1:12-CV-0169 in a race discrimination complaint against the higher education institution dismissed.

The Disciplinary Council of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a violation after Taylor accused her own attorney, James D. Young, of conspiring with Harrisburg Area Community College to get her race discrimination case number: 1:12-CV-0169 dismissed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In Taylor's appeal number: 14-1431 to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, she claimed an illegal scheme of fraud was exercised on the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the Philadelphia District Office found cause to believe discrimination occurred and subsequently referred the case to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., for review (complaint number DJ170-20-0). When taken before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in case number: 14-1431, the court did not agree with the community college’s assertion that the complaint was frivolous. Rather, the court encouraged Taylor to take the matter back to the lower court.

The Disciplinary Council of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took action against Attorney Young, who practices law with JSDC Law Office in Hershey, Pa. Young was the subject of an 11 month investigation for actively and deceptively misleading Taylor into believing that he was responding to the summary judgment filed against her. Young’s alleged deception resulted in Taylor’s case number: 1:12-CV-0169 of race discrimination against Harrisburg Area Community College to be dismissed by a Federal Judge in January 2013 because she allegedly did not provide evidence to support her claim.

“The facts were not supported because my attorney concealed my Response to the Summary Judgment,” said Taylor. “I prepared my response and put in along with a litany of physical evidence into his care, but he filed none of it while leading me to believe he had filed it all.”

The court docket for appeal number: 14-1431 shows that no facts to rebut the summary judgment were ever filed while Taylor alleges that she was misled both verbally and in writing by Young over a three week period. The federal judge however did not grant Taylor’s motion for Reconsideration nor Set-Aside Judgment when she attempted to get the case back on track.

The underlying case number: 1:12-CV-0169, Taylor vs. Harrisburg Area Community College, was filed in 2012 in the U.S District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania after a five-year investigation by the Philadelphia District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (complaint #530-2006-03707). The EEOC returned a finding of “probable cause” to believe discrimination occurred. In 2006 when Taylor filed the EEOC charge, over 75,000 claims were made nationally according to EEOC statistics. Less than five percent on average of these claims are typically returned with a “cause” finding, EEOC data show.

In 2006, Taylor, who was a 14-year veteran employee at Harrisburg Area Community College, filed charges alleging she was passed over for a position for vice president at the college, according to case number: 1:12-CV-0169. Although court records confirm that within the selection process she scored 100 points more than the Caucasian candidate who was offered the position, Dr. Edna V. Baehre, president of HACC at the time, appointed Nancy Rockey to chair the search. One Caucasian witness provided a sworn statement alleging that Rockey actively attempted to derail Taylor’s candidacy, but the whistleblower was allegedly called to Baehre’s office and verbally threatened. The whistleblower later filed a retaliation suit against Baehre, case number 1:2008CV02308 with the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania, and the college settled the claim after depositions were given.

For more information, please email Dr. Subrina Taylor at subrinatay(at)gmail(dot)com or call 717-802-4066.

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