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Case Name Black Fire Fighters Ass'n of Dallas v. City of Dallas, Tex. EE-TX-0446
Docket / Court 3:88-CV-02304 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On September 19, 1988, black employees of the City of Dallas Fire Department filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Dallas. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On September 19, 1988, black employees of the City of Dallas Fire Department filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Dallas. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for back pay and injunctive relief based upon allegations that the City of Dallas had discriminated on the basis of race regarding hiring and promotional practices.

According to the PACER docket, on October 13, 1988, the court issued an order granting a preliminary injunction enjoining the defendant from promoting any uniformed employees to the ranks of lieutenant, captain, or any higher rank for ninety days. On April 21, 1989, the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification, which was granted on July 11, 1990. The class consisted of African-American firefighters working in the City of Dallas. Further details of the class are unknown.

On August 19, 1992, the parties filed a compromise settlement. The settlement called for $572,000 in back pay and $250,000 in attorneys' fees. It also called for the defendant to promote 28 qualified African-Americans. Black Fire Fighters Ass'n of Dallas v. City of Dallas, 805 F. Supp. 428 (N.D. Tex. 1992). On November 5, 1992 the court held that the proposed back pay settlement compensated plaintiffs for discrimination and that the "skip promotions" contemplated by the settlement were not warranted. Black Fire Fighters Ass'n of Dallas v. City of Dallas, 805 F. Supp. 426 (N.D. Tex. 1992).

According to the PACER docket, on September 1, 1994, the plaintiffs issued an amended proposed notice of class action settlement as well as an amended notice of back pay allocation, which received preliminary court approval. On October 21, 1994, the court ordered, adjudged, and decreed that all claims that remained and dismissed the case with prejudice.

Emily Kuznick - 04/03/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Fire
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Dallas, Texas
Plaintiff Description African American fire fighters
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1994
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)
3:88-cv-02304 (N.D. Tex.) 11/13/1992
EE-TX-0446-9001.pdf | Detail
88-02304 (N.D. Tex.) 11/08/1994
EE-TX-0446-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Opinion 11/05/1992 (805 F.Supp. 426) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0446-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges McBryde, John H. (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0446-0002 | EE-TX-0446-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Albright, Roger Earl (Texas)
EE-TX-0446-0002 | EE-TX-0446-9000 | EE-TX-0446-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Garza, Francisco Javier (Texas)
EE-TX-0446-0002 | EE-TX-0446-9000 | EE-TX-0446-9001
Gillespie, Hal Keith (Texas)
EE-TX-0446-0002 | EE-TX-0446-9001
Hopkins, Craig Lee (Texas)
EE-TX-0446-0002 | EE-TX-0446-9000 | EE-TX-0446-9001
Watsky, David Kohlman (Texas)
EE-TX-0446-0002 | EE-TX-0446-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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