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Case Name Coleman v. New York EE-NY-0293
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-07265 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On September 25, 2017, three detectives of the New York Police Department (NYPD) filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the City of New York, the NYPD Deputy Commissioner David Cohen, and the NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas ... read more >
On September 25, 2017, three detectives of the New York Police Department (NYPD) filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the City of New York, the NYPD Deputy Commissioner David Cohen, and the NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas Galati under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state law. The plaintiffs, represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union, sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. The case was assigned to Judge Gregory H. Woods and referred to Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses.

The plaintiffs filed this action to vindicate the rights of the many African American detectives in the NYPD’s Intelligence Division whose promotions, according to the plaintiffs, were denied or delayed solely based on race. The plaintiffs claimed that NYPD’s Intelligence Division had implemented a secretive and unstructured promotions policy, administered by white supervisors who refused to promote deserving African-Americans detectives. As a result of these policies, the named plaintiffs and other African-American detectives had been repeatedly denied promotions in violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

On December 5, 2017, the court entered an order of automatic referral to mediation pursuant to the court’s standing Administrative Order of May 24, 2015. The standing order required that all counseled employment discrimination cases, except those brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, were to be automatically referred to the Southern District of New York’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of mediation upon the filing of an answer.

The parties are currently in discovery, and the case is ongoing.

Jake Parker - 06/20/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of New York
Plaintiff Description Three detectives of the New York Police Department who were passed over for promotion due to racial discrimination.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
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−GHW (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0293-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/18/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint Jury Amended [ECF# 1]
EE-NY-0293-0001.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-0293-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Clarke, Jessica (New York)
EE-NY-0293-0001 | EE-NY-0293-9000
Dunn, Christopher (New York)
EE-NY-0293-0001 | EE-NY-0293-9000
Saylor, Elizabeth Sykes (New York)
EE-NY-0293-0001 | EE-NY-0293-9000
Ward, Earl (New York)
EE-NY-0293-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Mendez, Ivan A. Jr. (New York)
EE-NY-0293-9000
Profeta, Lawrence J. (New York)
EE-NY-0293-9000

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