Here is the full legal complaint filed against Calvary Chapel Honolulu pastored by Calvary Chapel Association board member Bill Stonebraker.
Based on the information I have, I would expect this case to be settled quickly and quietly with a non disclosure agreement.
Based on interviews I’ve done with attorneys and business people in the know, we’re going to see a bunch of lawsuits like this in the coming year.
The social climate has changed dramatically around these issues and more people who have been abused are willing to step out because of the support of social media.
When I started this blog, the accusers were generally thought to be the guilty party…not so now.
This is a good thing.
While we may finally see justice done in many places where injustice has occurred, I would also bring a note of caution.
The people who profit most from these lawsuits are lawyers…and some lawyers will take advantage of the current climate to sue where there has been no real injustice, but settlements are available from churches and companies who want to spare themselves the negative publicity.
In any case, I strongly suggest that all churches examine their hiring and labor practices along with how they “counsel”…because there are going to be a lot of rugs lifted to see what has been swept under them.