University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name NAACP Jacksonville Branch v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville EE-FL-0160
Docket / Court 3:13-cv-161 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
Case Summary
On February 14, 2013, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Jacksonville Branch ("NAACP") and the Jacksonville Brotherhood of firefighters, a Chapter of the International Association of African-American Professional Fire Fighters (JBOF) brought this class action lawsuit ... read more >
On February 14, 2013, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Jacksonville Branch ("NAACP") and the Jacksonville Brotherhood of firefighters, a Chapter of the International Association of African-American Professional Fire Fighters (JBOF) brought this class action lawsuit for violations of Title VII in the U.S. District Court of Middle District of Florida. The plaintiffs alleged that defendant, the Consolidated City of Jacksonville, through its Fire and Rescue Department ("JFRD"), engaged in discriminatory recruitment, hiring, assignment and transfer polices that have a disparate impact on black candidates and black firefighters. The plaintiffs sought declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief.

The class was specified as all black candidates or aspiring black candidates for employment who were denied employment or dissuaded from applying by JFRD's discriminatory hiring process and all present or past black firefighters who have been subject to a hostile work environment, and/or discriminatory assignment and transfer policies, from July 30, 2006 to the present, two years prior to the sworn filing of the EEOC complaint.

The case was assigned to District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan. On June 3, 2013, the plaintiffs moved for temporary restraining order. On October 24, 2013, Judge Corrigan denied the motion and ordered the parties to mediate by December 16, 2013. Settlement negotiations proceeded for three years, and were ultimately successful. In March 2016, the parties proposed a settlement agreement.

The remedy included a payment of $250,000 to settlement funds. The city agreed to hire a group of prospective firefighters over the next five years who did not yet have a state certification and allow them to complete the required training within the 18 months of hiring. This was to meet the goal to build a fire and rescue workforce reflective of the community, first announced in 1999. The agreement covered hiring through 2021. In addition, the settlement included policies on transfer, work environment, anti-harassment training, and record-keeping and reporting obligations. The city agreed to grant requests to transfer to the most senior individual with qualifications who submits a reassignment request. The city also agreed to maintain work environment free from harassment and retaliation, provide anti-harassment training to all current and new personnel and document harassment complaints or investigations. The city agreed to provide an annual report to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission containing information about training, work environment policy and harassment and retaliation complaints.

On May 13, 2016, the parties filed a joint notice of settlement and motion for voluntary dismissal with prejudice. On May 16, 2016, Judge Corrigan granted the motion. The court retained jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreement.

Implementation of the settlement agreement is ongoing.

Susie Choi - 02/27/2017


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Goals and Timekeeping
Hire
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Training
Defendant-type
Fire
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Pattern or Practice
Record-keeping
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Consolidated City of Jacksonville
Plaintiff Description The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is an organization having a mission to eliminate racial prejudice and to end racial discrimination thorough the democratic process. Jacksonville Brotherhood of Firefighters (JBOF) is an organization representing the interests of minority firefighters and aspiring minority firefighters in Jacksonville.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2016 - 2021
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing EE-FL-0163 : United States v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville (M.D. Fla.)
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
  Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit
Date: Oct. 14, 2016
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Age Discrimination Class Action seeks Fair Employment for Older PwC Applicants
http://www.pwcagecase.com/
Date: Apr. 27, 2016
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Smith Barney Gender Discrimination
https://www.lieffcabraser.com/employment/smith-barney/
Date: August 2008
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar. 1, 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)
13-cv-00161 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0160-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/16/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-FL-0160-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/14/2013
Answer [ECF# 9]
EE-FL-0160-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/13/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Amended Motion for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 16]
EE-FL-0160-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/04/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 48] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0160-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement and Mutual Release Agreement [ECF# 84-1]
EE-FL-0160-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/13/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 85] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0160-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/27/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Corrigan, Timothy J. (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0160-0004 | EE-FL-0160-0006 | EE-FL-0160-9000
Richardson, Monte C. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0160-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Blustein, Benjamin Jay (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0160-9000
Dolkart, Jane L. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0160-0002 | EE-FL-0160-0005 | EE-FL-0160-9000
Kirsten, Doolittle L. (Florida)
EE-FL-0160-0002 | EE-FL-0160-0003 | EE-FL-0160-0005 | EE-FL-0160-9000
Libman, Robert S (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0160-9000
McClain, Ray (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0160-0002 | EE-FL-0160-0003 | EE-FL-0160-0005 | EE-FL-0160-9000
Defendant's Lawyers D'Agata, David J. (Florida)
EE-FL-0160-9000
Feiser, Craig D. (Florida)
EE-FL-0160-0003 | EE-FL-0160-9000
Laquidara, Cindy A (Florida)
EE-FL-0160-0001 | EE-FL-0160-9000
Mirando, Carol (Florida)
EE-FL-0160-0001 | EE-FL-0160-9000
Teodorescu, Adina (Florida)
EE-FL-0160-0001 | EE-FL-0160-0003 | EE-FL-0160-9000

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -