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Case Name Horne v. Reading EE-PA-0230
Docket / Court 05-6334 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Case Summary
Notes from the NAACP website:

On February 27, 2006, the National NAACP and the Reading Branch NAACP joined an employment lawsuit against the City of Reading, Pennsylvania. The suit charges the Reading Fire Department with implementing discriminatory recruitment and hiring practices ... read more >
Notes from the NAACP website:

On February 27, 2006, the National NAACP and the Reading Branch NAACP joined an employment lawsuit against the City of Reading, Pennsylvania. The suit charges the Reading Fire Department with implementing discriminatory recruitment and hiring practices against African Americans and other minorities. Although the City of Reading was 11% African-American and 37% Hispanic, the Fire Department was virtually all-white. Of the Fire Department's 147 full-time, uniformed employees, there were no African-Americans and fewer than five Hispanics.

The complaint alleged that the City's discriminatory employment practices include: refusing to recruit and hire African Americans and other minorities for firefighter positions on the same basis as whites; basing such recruitment on a primarily "word of mouth" system that results in the employment of friends and relatives of current City firefighters, the vast majority of whom are white; failing or refusing to adopt nondiscriminatory recruitment, application, testing, and selection techniques for the position of firefighter; and failing or refusing to take appropriate action to correct the effects of its past discriminatory policies and practices.

Plaintiffs in the case sought relief in the form of: a permanent injunction barring the City from discriminating against African American and other minority firefighter candidates on the basis of race and/or national origin; a permanent injunction directing the City to adopt and implement a vigorous recruitment program designed to attract qualified African American and other minority applicants for employment in numbers which at least reflect the proportion of minority applicants and candidates in and around the City; lost income and benefits; reasonable attorneys' fees and expert fees.

On March 27, 2007, the parties entered into a settlement which was approved by the court as a consent decree. Under the terms of the consent decree, the defendants agreed to encourage minority applicants into the firefighter program. The docket has no entries after the consent decree, and we have no further information in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/09/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Fire
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) City of Reading
Plaintiff Description A black applicant for a position at the City of Reading Fire Department filing on behalf of himself and similarly situated individuals, joined by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief 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 2007
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)
05-6334 (E.D. Pa.) 03/27/2007
EE-PA-0230-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/08/2005
EE-PA-0230-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 02/24/2006 (2006 WL 737830)
EE-PA-0230-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Consent Decree 03/27/2007
EE-PA-0230-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Sanchez, Juan Ramon (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0230-0002 | EE-PA-0230-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Asaka, Anson (Maryland)
EE-PA-0230-0002 | EE-PA-0230-0003
Feinberg, Jonathan H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0230-0003
Hayes, Dennis Courtland (Maryland)
EE-PA-0230-0003
Marcus, Terri N. (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0230-0003
Rose, David L. (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0230-0002 | EE-PA-0230-0003 | EE-PA-0230-9000
Rudovsky, David (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0230-0001 | EE-PA-0230-0002 | EE-PA-0230-0003 | EE-PA-0230-9000
Santillo, Andrew (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0230-0003
Winebrake, Peter D. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0230-0001 | EE-PA-0230-0002 | EE-PA-0230-0003 | EE-PA-0230-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ludwig, Steven K. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0230-0002 | EE-PA-0230-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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