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Case Name United States v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville EE-FL-0163
Docket / Court 3:12-cv-00451 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On April 23, 2012, the United States, on behalf of black firefighters filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, against the Consolidated City of Jacksonville, FL and the union representing its firefighters. The ... read more >
On April 23, 2012, the United States, on behalf of black firefighters filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, against the Consolidated City of Jacksonville, FL and the union representing its firefighters. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary compensation, alleging that the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department's practice of testing to screen and select candidates for promotion has a disparate impact on black firefighters.

On April 30, 2013, the NAACP and Jacksonville Brotherhood of Firefighters filed a complaint in intervention, echoing the claims and allegations of the United States while adding to the action several named plaintiffs and a class of Black Firefighters who tested for and were denied promotion while the testing practice was in place.

The District Court (Judge Timothy J. Corrigan) denied the plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction on December 27, 2013. In their motion, the US asked that the Jacksonville Fire Department be required to set aside five slots from the next round of promotions following the November 2013 test for those fire suppression captain candidates allegedly discriminated against on the 2004 and 2008 test administrations. The court denied the motion because the remedy offered did not correlate to the severity of the alleged injury, it would be difficult for the city to administer, and the plaintiffs had not established that they were likely to succeed on the merits of their case.

The case is ongoing and, as of September 25, 2014, the parties are awaiting a ruling from the District Court (Judge Corrigan) on the plaintiffs' motions for summary judgment.

Benjamin St. Pierre - 10/15/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Fire
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Testing
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Jacksonville Associaton of Firefighters, Local 122
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
Plaintiff Description Black Firefighters in the city of Jacksonville, FL
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing EE-FL-0160 : The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Jacksonville Branch et al v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville (M.D. Fla.)
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)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
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Docket(s)
3:12−cv−00451 (M.D. Fla.) 04/23/2012
EE-FL-0163-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/23/2012
EE-FL-0163-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention 04/30/2013
EE-FL-0163-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction 12/27/2013 (2013 WL 6844399) (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0163-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Corrigan, Timothy J. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0163-0003 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adelstein, Jay (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0001 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Anglade, Woody (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Dolkart, Jane L. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0002 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Doolittle, Kristen L (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-0002 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Kennebrew, Delora L. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0001 | EE-FL-0163-9001
McClain, Ray (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0002 | EE-FL-0163-9001
McEntire, Brian Glen (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-9001
O'neill, Robert E (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0001
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0001
Pettis, Yohance Asim (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-0001 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Ruiz, Hector F. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0001 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Stegeby, Erik Kenneth (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-0001 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Tejani, Sharyn A. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0163-0001 | EE-FL-0163-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Deem, Christopher B (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Donnelly, Paul Andrew (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Feiser, Craig D. (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Laquidara, Cindy A (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Mirando, Carol (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Sullivan, James Haddon III (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Teodorescu, Adina (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Yoon, Jung (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Other Lawyers Bishop, Christy (Ohio)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Elfvin, Bruce B (Ohio)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Foslid, Kristen Marie (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Henrichsen, Neil L (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Thompson, Dennis (Ohio)
EE-FL-0163-9001
Weisberg, Robert E. (Florida)
EE-FL-0163-9001

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