Federal Complaint Filed Against OCA Bishop of Alaska, Chancellor

Author: Mark Stokoe
Date Published: 02/07/2008

Paul Sidebottom, the former acting Dean of Students at St. Herman’s Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska, has filed a complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the OCA Bishop of Alaska, Nikolai (Soraich) and his Chancellor, Archimandrite Isidore (Brittain) alleging sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge. According to a press release from Sidebottom’s lawyer, James Spencer of Hinkle Elkouri LLC of Wichita, Kansas, issued yesterday:

“The EEOC complaint alleges that Archimandrite Isidore sexually harassed Sidebottom in May 2007. The EEOC complaint goes on to allege that Bishop Nikolai and Archimandrite Isidore caused Sidebottom to be fired from his job at St. Herman’s Theological Seminary in retaliation for Sidebottom’s filing of a sexual harassment complaint with Metropolitan HERMAN, the highest ranking official of the Orthodox Church in America.”

“Despite recent news media reports that Sidebottom’s sexual harassment complaint to the Orthodox Church in America have been dismissed, Sidebottom and his attorneys have heard nothing official about that complaint.