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Lawrence Stengel

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Lawrence Stengel
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #12
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   06/21/2004 - Present
Preceded by:   Ronald Buckwalter
Past post:   Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, Judge
Past term:   1990 - 2004
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Lancaster, PA
Undergraduate:   St. Joseph's College, B.A., 1974
Law School:   University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1980
Lawrence Stengel is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 2004 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Stengel graduated from St. Joseph`s College with his bachelor's degree in 1974 and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1980.[1]

Before entering into the legal profession, Stengel was a teacher for Lancaster Catholic High School from 1974 to 1977.[1]

Professional career

Stengel was a private practice attorney in the State of Pennsylvania from 1980 to 1990. Stengel was a Common Pleas Judge in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas from 1990 to 2004. Stengel also served as a Adjunct Professor at Franklin & Marshall College from 1997 to 2004 and Millersville University from 2000 to 2004.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter, Stengel was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on November 6, 2003, to a seat vacated by Robert Buckwalter. Stengel was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 16, 2004, on a Senate vote and received commission on June 21, 2004.[2][3]

Notable cases

Discrimination claim in "English-Only" workplace firing moves forward (2014)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Abdul-Latiff v. County of Lancaster, et al, 5:12-cv-00948-LS)

On January 2, 2014, Judge Stengel ruled that the County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, must answer to former county employee Betzaida Abdul-Latif's complaint that she was fired in retaliation for her opposition against her workplace's "English-only" policy. In the underlying case, prior to being terminated, Abdul-Latif, a Hispanic woman of Puerto Rican descent, worked as a case manager/career adviser in the Lancaster Employment and Training Agency's (LETA) Employment, Advancement, and Retention Network (EARN). LETA required that all participants in EARN speak only English while in attendance. Several of Abdul-Latif's clients thought the "English-only" policy was unfair, so she suggested they file a complaint. They did so, and Abdul-Latif was terminated shortly thereafter. The county claimed Abdul-Latif was fired not for opposing the "English-only" policy, but because she violated Lancaster's email policy. Other county employees who were not Hispanic had also violated the email policy, but were not fired. Abdul-Latif sued the county and her superiors, alleging employment discrimination and violations of her constitutional right to equal protection. The defendants filed a motion for summary judgment, which Stengel granted as to two of Abdul-Latif's claims in January 2014. However, the judge refused to grant summary judgment as to Abdul-Latif's employment discrimination claims, noting that she "[had] shown that several of her similarly situated co-workers violated the same email policy and received less severe discipline." Stengel further found that the timing of Abdul-Latif's dismissal was "unusually suggestive" due to its "temporal proximity" to her complaints about the county's "English-only" policy.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Ronald Buckwalter
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2004–Current
Seat #12
Succeeded by:
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