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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 U.S. 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.

On June 9, 2015, the court granted partial summary judgment for the plaintiff finding the plaintiff successfully established a prima facie case of disparate impact, which enabled the parties to engage in additional phases of discovery. 2015 WL 3618367. Over the next eighteen months, the parties participated in discovery. The plaintiff amended their complaint three times, the latest of which was filed on November 28, 2016.

On January 13, 2017, the parties notified the court that they had reached a tentative settlement and requested the case be removed from the trial calendar.

The case remains open as of January 18, 2018.

Benjamin St. Pierre - 10/15/2014
Cade Boland - 11/11/2017


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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
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2012
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing EE-FL-0160 : NAACP Jacksonville Branch v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville (M.D. Fla.)
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Docket(s)
3:12−cv−00451 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0163-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/16/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-FL-0163-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/23/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention [ECF# 53]
EE-FL-0163-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/30/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 103] (2013 WL 6844399) (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0163-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/27/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Corrigan, Timothy J. (M.D. Fla.) show/hide docs
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Richardson, Monte C. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Adelstein, Jay (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Anglade, Woody (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Doolittle, Kristen L (Florida) show/hide docs
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Pettis, Yohance Asim (Florida) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Bilik, Robert Eric (Florida) show/hide docs
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Deem, Christopher B (Florida) show/hide docs
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Donnelly, Paul Andrew (Florida) show/hide docs
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Feinstein, Joshua Isaac (New York) show/hide docs
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Feiser, Craig D. (Florida) show/hide docs
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Laquidara, Cindy A (Florida) show/hide docs
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Mirando, Carol (Florida) show/hide docs
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Powell, Stephen J (Florida) show/hide docs
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Teodorescu, Adina (Florida) show/hide docs
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Yoon, Jung (Florida) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Bishop, Christy (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Elfvin, Bruce B (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Foslid, Kristen Marie (Florida) show/hide docs
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Henrichsen, Neil L (Florida) show/hide docs
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