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Case Name Hayden v. County of Nassau EE-NY-0225
Docket / Court 97-CV-1411 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
In April 1997, 68 white and Hispanic applicants to the Nassau County Police Department filed a lawsuit under Equal Protection Clause, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(1), and New York state law against the defendants Nassau County, its Police Department, and its Civil Service Commission in the U.S. ... read more >
In April 1997, 68 white and Hispanic applicants to the Nassau County Police Department filed a lawsuit under Equal Protection Clause, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(1), and New York state law against the defendants Nassau County, its Police Department, and its Civil Service Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court for damages and equitable relief, claiming that the 1994 Nassau County police officer's examination (which was developed by the Technical Design and Advisory Committee, and authorized to use by the district court) was intended to solely or primarily benefit one racial group (black) to the detriment of other racial or ethnic groups.

On March 20, 1998, the district court dismissed all of the plaintiffs' claims for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

Plaintiffs filed a timely notice of appeal on April 24, 1998. On June 9, 1999, the 2nd Circuit affirmed the district court's decision, holding that although the exam certainly took race into account, the exam was administered and scored in a wholly race-neutral fashion.

Kunyi Zhang - 08/28/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
White
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) County of Nassau
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were 68 white, Latino and female applicants to the Nassau County Police Department.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Second Amended Class Action Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 10/31/1997
EE-NY-0225-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
2nd Circuit Opinion 06/09/1999 (180 F.3d 42)
EE-NY-0225-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Keith, Damon Jerome (Sixth Circuit, E.D. Mich.)
EE-NY-0225-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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