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Case Name United States of America v. City of Chesapeake, Virginia EE-VA-0125
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-00415-RAJ ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On July 24, 2006, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Chesapeake City in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, allegong that the City's use of the mathematics test in the hiring process of entry-level police officers in the City's Police Department had ... read more >
On July 24, 2006, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Chesapeake City in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, allegong that the City's use of the mathematics test in the hiring process of entry-level police officers in the City's Police Department had an adverse impact on African-American and Hispanic applicants and is not job related for the position in question or consistent with business necessity. The United States sought remedial and injunctive relief.

On June 15, 2007 the United States and the defendant agreed to enter into a consent decree, which was approved by the district court (Judge Raymond A. Jackson). The defendant agreed not to engage in any act or practice in entry-level police officer selection that unlawfully discriminates on the basis of race or national origin. The City also agreed not to use any mathematics test that results in a disparate impact and is not job-related or consistent with business necessity. The defendant also agreed to award backpay to the individual plaintiffs as well as remedial hiring and seniority.

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Dana Schwarz - 11/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Testing
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
National Origin/Ethnicity
Spanish
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Chesapeake
Plaintiff Description U.S. on behalf of African-American and Hispanic plaintiffs
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2007 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:06-cv-00415 (E.D. Va.) 10/01/2007
EE-VA-0125-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/24/2006
EE-VA-0125-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/15/2007
EE-VA-0125-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Jackson, Raymond Alvin (E.D. Va.)
EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Prince, William T. (E.D. Va.) [Magistrate]
EE-VA-0125-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alexis, Michael J. (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Cunningham, John Patrick (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-9000
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-0001 | EE-VA-0125-0002
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-0001 | EE-VA-0125-0002
Rao, Sonya A (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-0001 | EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Rosenberg, Chuck (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-0001
Seeley, Sharon (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Speck, Elizabeth A. (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Watt, Susan Lynn (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-0001 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Woodard, Karen D. (District of Columbia)
EE-VA-0125-0001 | EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bradberry, Darlene Paige (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Hallman, Ronald S. (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-0002
Salb, Thomas Jeffrey (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-0002 | EE-VA-0125-9000
Other Lawyers Atkins, Virginia L (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-9000
Devine, William Franklin (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-9000
Shumadine, Conrad Moss (Virginia)
EE-VA-0125-9000

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