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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.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 1997
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Second Amended Class Action Complaint and Jury Trial Demand
EE-NY-0225-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/1997
Source: Westlaw
2nd Circuit Opinion (180 F.3d 42)
EE-NY-0225-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 06/09/1999
Source: Google Scholar
Judges Keith, Damon Jerome (E.D. Mich., Sixth Circuit)
EE-NY-0225-0002

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