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Case Name Latino Officers Ass'n of New York v. City of New York EE-NY-0208
Docket / Court 1:99-cv-09568 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On September 9, 1999, Latino and African-American police officers filed suit against the City of New York and the New York Police Department ("NYPD") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ... read more >
On September 9, 1999, Latino and African-American police officers filed suit against the City of New York and the New York Police Department ("NYPD") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 1983, 1985, and state and local laws. Specifically, they contended that their work environment was hostile to Latinos and African-Americans, that NYPD's application of its disciplinary rules and processes embodied a pattern or practice of disparate treatment, and that they were retaliated against when they complained about discrimination. The plaintiffs sought an injunction requiring the NYPD to abolish discrimination, ensure equal treatment, cease retaliation, and change the disciplinary procedure.

On August 6, 2002, the court (Judge Lewis A. Kaplan) certified a class consisting of all Latino and African-American individuals who had been, were, or would be employed by the NYPD. Officers Ass'n v. City of New York, 209 F.R.D. 79 (S.D.N.Y. 2002). On September 15, 2004, the court (Judge Kaplan) approved a settlement agreement. Officers Ass'n v. City of New York, 2004 WL 2066605 (S.D.N.Y. 2004).

On June 21,2007, the court ordered that the clerk close the case, because the case was settled on a class action basis.

Although later some plaintiffs challenged the district court's decision to deny their motion for contempt and to compel compliance with the settlement, the 2nd Circuit subsequently affirmed the district court's decision.

Kunyi Zhang - 08/30/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) City of New York
Plaintiff Description Latino and African-American individuals who have been, are, or will be employed by the NYPD.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
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 2004
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)
1:99−cv−09568 (S.D.N.Y.) 03/30/2009
EE-NY-0208-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Opinion (Denying Motion to Consolidate) 07/26/2000 (2000 WL 1030623 / 2000 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11936) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order (For Additional Briefing) 04/04/2002 (2002 WL 511548 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 5664) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion (Certifying Class) 08/06/2002 (209 F.R.D. 79) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (Denying in Part Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment) 03/31/2003 (253 F.Supp.2d 771) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (Motion to Compel) 04/09/2003 (2003 WL 1883418 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 5760) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion 04/18/2003 (2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 6506) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0016 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion (Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment) 06/16/2003 (2003 WL 21437057 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10669) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0008 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion (Denying Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment) 06/17/2003 (2003 WL 21396689 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10057) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion (Denying Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment) 07/14/2003 (2003 WL 21638165 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11792) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0009 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion (Denying Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment) 07/14/2003 (2003 WL 21650007 / 2003 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11794) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0010 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order Establishing Settlement Procedures 03/22/2004 (2004 WL 574493) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0011 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judgment and Order Approving Class Action Settlement, Certifying Amended Class and Approving Attorneys Fees 09/15/2004 (2004 WL 2066605) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0012 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion (Re: Defendants' motion in limine to exclude expert testimony) 01/31/2006 (2006 WL 238989) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0013 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion 01/31/2006 (2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 3879) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0015 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion 06/20/2007 (2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 44740) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0014 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion 10/26/2007 (519 F.Supp.2d 438) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Fox, Kevin N. (S.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0208-9000
Kaplan, Lewis A. (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208-0001 | EE-NY-0208-0002 | EE-NY-0208-0003 | EE-NY-0208-0004 | EE-NY-0208-0005 | EE-NY-0208-0006 | EE-NY-0208-0007 | EE-NY-0208-0008 | EE-NY-0208-0009 | EE-NY-0208-0010 | EE-NY-0208-0012 | EE-NY-0208-0013 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0015 | EE-NY-0208-0016 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Monitors/Masters Feinberg, Kenneth (New York)
EE-NY-0208-9000
Woodin, Peter (New York)
EE-NY-0208-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Catherine Elizabeth (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0013 | EE-NY-0208-0015 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Epstein, Joshua H. (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0013 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0015 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Goodman, William Harry (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0016 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Lax, Barry Richard (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0015 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Levy, Richard Alan (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0002 | EE-NY-0208-0003 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0016 | EE-NY-0208-9000
McPherson, Laurie J (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Mintz, Steven Glen (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Olshansky, Barbara J. (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0016 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Paolicelli, Diane M. (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0003 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0016 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Raible, Philip S. (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0013 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0015 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Riopelle, Roland Gustaf (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Solotaroff, Jason Louis (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0015 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Spergel, Robert H. (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0002 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0016 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lemonedes, James M. (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0002 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0015 | EE-NY-0208-9000
O'Neill, Julie E. (New York)
EE-NY-0208-0003 | EE-NY-0208-0014 | EE-NY-0208-0016 | EE-NY-0208-9000
Other Lawyers Thomas, James K (Georgia)
EE-NY-0208-9000

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