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Case Name Gloucester County (New Jersey Turnpike) Police Stop Cases PN-NJ-0001
Docket / Court MER-L-002687-96 ( State Court )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Case Summary
In 1996, the NAACP and several individuals filed a class action lawsuit in New Jersey state court against the New Jersey State Police alleging unlawful employment practices in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§2000e et seq., as amended and state law. The ... read more >
In 1996, the NAACP and several individuals filed a class action lawsuit in New Jersey state court against the New Jersey State Police alleging unlawful employment practices in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§2000e et seq., as amended and state law. The gravamen (essence) of plaintiffs' complaint as amended was that African-Americans and Hispanics applicants for employment to the New Jersey State Police were subjected to discrimination in the recruitment, application, and hiring practices. Such discrimination included a requirement that applicants possess a college education and the use of an entry-level written examination known as the Law Enforcement Candidate Record (LECR). Plaintiffs maintained that those requirements caused a disparate impact on the African-American and Hispanic class members.

Shortly after filing the complaint, plaintiffs filed a motion for admission pro hac vice of attorneys David L. Rose and Joshua N. Rose. The State Police opposed the motion on the ground that there was an appearance of impropriety with respect to David Rose's involvement because he may have gained knowledge concerning the LECR during his prior employment as Chief of the Employment Litigation Section of the United States Department of Justice. The Trial Court denied the motion for admission. Plaintiffs filed a second motion for admission and proposed that Richard T. Seymour would represent plaintiffs in the attack on the LECR and that David Rose and Joshua Rose would handle the remaining claims. The Trial Court admitted Mr. Seymour, but again denied admission to attorneys David Rose and Joshua Rose. Plaintiffs appealed.

The Appellate Court reversed, holding that David Rose's involvement with the LECR ten or more years earlier did not warrant denial of admission pro hac vice. N.A.A.C.P. v. State, Dept of Law, 711 A.2d 1355 (N.J.Super.A.D. 1998).

Thereafter, the parties arrived at a settlement of the action and Judge Neil H. Shuster entered a consent order resolving class and individual claims in March 2000. The consent order called for the State Police to implement reforms in its employment practices. The reforms included the elimination of the college education requirement for at least three years, depending upon its compliance with targeted recruitment ratios; replacing it with the requirement that applicants have either (1) a four-year college degree or (2) an Associate's degree - or the successful (i.e. "C" average) completion of sixty college credit hours - plus at least two years of experience. The State Police also agreed to change its examination procedure and select an alternative examination that had the least adverse impact against African-Americans or against Hispanics candidates.

Dan Dalton - 12/29/2006

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Race discrimination
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
State law
Defendant(s) New Jersey State Police
New Jersey State Police
Plaintiff Description NAACP alleging unlawful employment discrimination
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
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
Filing Year 1996
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Case Listing PN-NJ-0002 : U.S. v. State of New Jersey (D.N.J.)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Revised Statistical Analysis of the Incidence of Police Stops and Arrests of Black Drivers/Travelers on the New Jersey Turnpike Between Exists or Interchanges 1 and 3 from the Years 1988 through 1991
PN-NJ-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/11/1994
Opinion (711 A.2d 1355)
PN-NJ-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 06/22/1998
Source: Google Scholar
Consent Order Resolving Class and Individual Claims
PN-NJ-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/01/2000
News Release - New Jersey Settles NAACP Lawsuit
PN-NJ-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/01/2000
Judges Cuff, Mary Catherine (State Trial Court)
Kestin, Howard H. (State Appellate Court)
King, Michael Patrick (State Appellate Court)
Shuster, Neil H. (State Trial Court)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Plaintiff's Lawyers Borgen, Lori Outzs (District of Columbia)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Gear, Bruce (Maryland)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Hayes, Dennis Courtland (Maryland)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Lustberg, Lawrence S. (New Jersey)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Rose, David L. (District of Columbia)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Rose, Joshua N. (District of Columbia)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Seymour, Richard Talbot (New York)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Steinhagen, Renee (New Jersey)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003 | PN-NJ-0001-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Farmer, John J. Jr. (New Jersey)
PN-NJ-0001-0001 | PN-NJ-0001-0003
Fields, Sally Ann (New Jersey)

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