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Case Name Coleman v. City of New York EE-NY-0292
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-07265 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP
Case Summary
On September 25, 2017, three retired African-American detectives from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Intelligence Division brought this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case was assigned to Judge Gregory H. Woods. The ... read more >
On September 25, 2017, three retired African-American detectives from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Intelligence Division brought this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case was assigned to Judge Gregory H. Woods. The plaintiffs sued the City of New York under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as well as state and local anti-discrimination laws (N.Y. Executive Law §§ 290 and N.Y.C. Admin. Code §§ 8-101). The plaintiffs, represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and private counsel, alleged that the NYPD delayed or denied the promotion of African-American detectives in the Intelligence Division in favor of white detectives, solely on the basis of race. The plaintiffs sought damages, declaratory relief, and injunctive relief.

As part of their complaint, the plaintiffs sought class certification for a class consisting of all African-American detectives of the NYPD Intelligence Division who, as of December 14, 2008 or later, were not promoted or whose promotions were delayed based on race.

On December 3, the case was automatically referred to mediation, as all counseled Southern District of New York employment discrimination cases (except those brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938) are referred to mediation. Three days later, the plaintiffs requested that the case be exempted from mediation, and the court exempted it.

This case is ongoing, and the parties are currently in discovery. Discovery is expected to close in December 2018.

Rebecca Strauss - 05/29/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Seniority
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) The City of New York
Plaintiff Description three retired African-American detectives from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Intelligence Division
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:17-cv-07265 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0292-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/18/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Charge
EE-NY-0292-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/14/2011
Class Action Complaint Jury Demand [ECF# 1]
EE-NY-0292-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/25/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Woods, Gregory Howard III (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0292-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Clarke, Jessica (New York)
EE-NY-0292-0001 | EE-NY-0292-9000
Dunn, Christopher (New York)
EE-NY-0292-0001 | EE-NY-0292-0002 | EE-NY-0292-9000
Jain, Eisha (New York)
EE-NY-0292-0002
Saylor, Elizabeth Sykes (New York)
EE-NY-0292-0001 | EE-NY-0292-0002 | EE-NY-0292-9000
Ward, Earl (New York)
EE-NY-0292-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Mendez, Ivan A. Jr. (New York)
EE-NY-0292-9000
Profeta, Lawrence J. (New York)
EE-NY-0292-9000

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