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Case Name United States of America v. State of Delaware EE-DE-0032
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-00020-KAJ ( D. Del. )
State/Territory Delaware
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 January 10, 2001 the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Delaware Department of Public Safety and the Delaware State Police in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The D.O.J. sought monetary for those ... read more >
On January 10, 2001 the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Delaware Department of Public Safety and the Delaware State Police in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The D.O.J. sought monetary for those who suffered from the defendant's allegedly discriminatory behavior and injunctive relief. The D.O.J. specifically requested that the court to order the defendant to refrain from using written examinations as part of its hiring process.

On July 21, 2006, the district court (Judge Kent A. Jordan) approved a consent decree in which the defendant agreed to pay the amount of $1,425,000 to all African-American applicants who met the minimum requirements for the position they applied for and who scored a 66% on their standardized test. The consent decree further provided that defendants would not use a written test that has the purpose or effect of unlawfully discriminating against African Americans.

Janani Iyengar - 11/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Testing
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
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) State of Delaware
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of African American applicants
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
01-020-KAJ (D. Del.) 08/13/2007
EE-DE-0032-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/10/2001
EE-DE-0032-0001 PDF | Detail
Opinion 05/20/2003 (2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 8588) (D. Del.)
EE-DE-0032-0007 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Consent Decree 08/04/2005
EE-DE-0032-0002 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Order 08/04/2005 (2005 WL 1862376) (D. Del.)
EE-DE-0032-0005 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Stipulation 03/09/2006
EE-DE-0032-0006 PDF | Detail
Judges Jordan, Kent A. (Third Circuit, D. Del.)
EE-DE-0032-0002 | EE-DE-0032-0005 | EE-DE-0032-0006 | EE-DE-0032-0007 | EE-DE-0032-9000
McKelvie, Roderick R. (D. Del.)
EE-DE-0032-9000
Thynge, Mary Pat (D. Del.) [Magistrate]
EE-DE-0032-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Andrews, Richard Gibson (Delaware)
EE-DE-0032-0001 | EE-DE-0032-0002 | EE-DE-0032-0006 | EE-DE-0032-9000
Blustein, Benjamin Jay (District of Columbia)
EE-DE-0032-0007
Connolly, Colm F. (Delaware)
EE-DE-0032-0001 | EE-DE-0032-0002 | EE-DE-0032-0006 | EE-DE-0032-9000
Hannigan, Patricia C. (Delaware)
EE-DE-0032-0001 | EE-DE-0032-0002 | EE-DE-0032-0006 | EE-DE-0032-0007 | EE-DE-0032-9000
Kirkpatrick, Michael T (District of Columbia)
EE-DE-0032-0007
Schnee, Carl (Delaware)
EE-DE-0032-0001 | EE-DE-0032-0002 | EE-DE-0032-0006 | EE-DE-0032-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Killian, Rosemary K. (Delaware)
EE-DE-0032-0002 | EE-DE-0032-0006 | EE-DE-0032-0007 | EE-DE-0032-9000
Malionek, Robert J. (California)
EE-DE-0032-0007
Williams, David H (Delaware)
EE-DE-0032-0002 | EE-DE-0032-0006 | EE-DE-0032-0007 | EE-DE-0032-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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