Background: Longtime DeKalb educators Elaine Gold and Amy Shaye initially first filed suit against the District in June 2011, later joined by Heather Hunter and Roderick Benson. The suit sought class action status in order to join other DeKalb Schools employees in the suit. Despite almost 10 years of litigation, some setbacks, and multiple appeals, Plaintiffs remained intent upon seeking a fair remedy not just for themselves, but on behalf of all the teachers and employees.
Current Status: After extensive negotiations, we are pleased to have achieved a mutually agreeable resolution of the Gold case, which involves disputed claims relating to the Board TSA (tax-sheltered annuity) plan.
This class-wide settlement represents a fair resolution for the District’s employees while giving the District flexibility in payment with the hope of minimal budgetary disruption. On July 9, 2020, the proposed settlement was preliminary approved from the Court.
Both sides believe this settlement turns the page on this longstanding dispute, ending almost a decade of litigation and further demonstrating the District’s commitment to its most valued resource: its classroom educators and employees. The parties hope this resolution allows for our collective focus to be on the critical mission of educating the wonderful children of DeKalb County Schools.
Notice to Class-Members: As part of the proposed settlement, the District is required to send an e-mail notification of the settlement to those individuals who both (a) are a current employee or former employee for whom the District has a valid e-mail address; as well as (b) appear from the District’s records to be a member of the class that is covered by the Gold lawsuit and proposed settlement.
In addition, a court-approved class notice—with details regarding the settlement—will be mailed to individuals who may qualify as members of the class.
Settlement Website: Since this settlement was announced, we have been overwhelmed by many calls and emails expressing thanks and, also, seeking additional information regarding the timing of the process. We created an official settlement website dedicated to informing potential Class Members of their legal rights and providing other important information. Please visit the settlement website at www.goldshayeclassaction.com, where you will find copies of the Settlement Agreement as well as other significant documents or orders. Also, you will be able to find discussion of the terms of the settlement; the judicial process for approving the settlement; and other information that may help you determine whether you are a Class Member and whether you are eligible for a payment.
If you have any questions, please do not contact any District personnel or the Court.