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.
Court-Approved Settlement: After extensive negotiations, the parties achieved a mutually agreeable resolution of the Gold case. 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 and to focus to be on the critical mission of educating the wonderful children of DeKalb County Schools. After notice to class-members informing them of their legal rights and other important information and a formal hearing, the Court approved the Settlement as “fair, reasonable and adequate to all members of the Settlement Class” in a Final Judgment and Order of Dismissal entered on September 17, 2020.
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. An official settlement website is 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.