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Case Name Ricci v. DeStefano EE-CT-0018
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-01109-JBA ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On July 8th, 2004, several firefighters employed by the City of New Haven filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut under 28 U.S.C. § 1983 against the mayor and other governmental workers. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for ... read more >
On July 8th, 2004, several firefighters employed by the City of New Haven filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut under 28 U.S.C. § 1983 against the mayor and other governmental workers. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees, claiming that they were unfairly discriminated against because of their race and political affiliations.

Specifically the plaintiffs alleged that, while employed as firefighters for the City of New Haven, the defendants conspired to promote employees of other minority races over the plaintiffs.

On September 29, 2006, the Court (Judge Janet Bond Arterton) granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants. 554 F.Supp.2d 142. On February 15, 2008, the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment. That order was reversed and remanded by the Supreme Court of the United States on June 29, 2009.

On August 1, 2011 the Court entered judgment in favor of plaintiff.

Kim Zhang - 07/20/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Fire
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Other
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
White
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) John Destefano
Plaintiff Description One Hispanic and several white firefighters
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2011
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)
3:10-mc-37 (D. Conn.) 06/18/2010
EE-CT-0018-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:04−cv−01109 (D. Conn.) 12/12/2011
EE-CT-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/08/2004
EE-CT-0018-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer and Affirmative Defenses 10/01/2004
EE-CT-0018-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling and Order 02/28/2005 (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 05/26/2005
EE-CT-0018-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling and Order 06/28/2005 (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer and Affirmative Defenses 08/29/2005
EE-CT-0018-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Re: Frank Ricci v. John DeStefano. Docket No: 3:04CVOl109 (MRK) 01/11/2006
EE-CT-0018-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment 09/28/2006 (554 F.Supp.2d 142) (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 09/29/2006 (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling and Order on Motion to Intervene 05/12/2010 (2010 WL 9113871) (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling on Motions for Reconsideration 01/21/2011 (2011 WL 677263) (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0013.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Order Re: Writ of Mandamus Directing District Court to Reinstate Certain of Their Claims] 06/08/2011
EE-CT-0018-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Judgment 08/01/2011 (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Arterton, Janet Bond (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0011 | EE-CT-0018-0012 | EE-CT-0018-0013 | EE-CT-0018-9000
Dorsey, Peter Collins (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-9001
Kravitz, Mark R. (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0018-0003 | EE-CT-0018-0005
Margolis, Joan Glazer (D. Conn.) [Magistrate]
EE-CT-0018-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Pattis, Norman A. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Torre, Karen Lee (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-0001 | EE-CT-0018-0004 | EE-CT-0018-0004 | EE-CT-0018-0007 | EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Bolden, Victor Allen (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000
Chomiak, Nicole C. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Foster, Kathleen M. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Murray, Hugh F. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-0002 | EE-CT-0018-9000
Pitcher, Stacey L. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Richardson, Todd Jay (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Roberts, Richard A. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-0006 | EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Waugh, Theresa M. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000
Other Lawyers Bishop, Christy (Ohio)
EE-CT-0018-9000
Philpot, W. Martyn Jr. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Rosen, David N. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001
Thompson, Dennis (Ohio)
EE-CT-0018-9000 | EE-CT-0018-9001

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