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Case Name United States v. Baltimore County EE-MD-0152
Docket / Court 1:19-cv-02465-ADC ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On August 27, 2019, the United States filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiff sued Baltimore County for injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-6(a) for violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Department of Justice alleged ... read more >
On August 27, 2019, the United States filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiff sued Baltimore County for injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-6(a) for violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Department of Justice alleged that the Baltimore County Police Department engaged in discriminatory conduct in its recruitment and hiring practices.

Specifically, plaintiff alleged that the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources and Baltimore County Police Department developed and issued a series of discriminatory written exams to screen entry-level police officer applicants. Three different variations of the exam were used from 2009-2013, 2014, and 2015-2016. All three variations resulted in statistically significant differences in pass rates among African American applicants compared to Caucasian applicants. The exams were allegedly used as a pass/fail screening device in a multi-stage application in which those who failed were not permitted to move on to subsequent stages of the application process. Plaintiff alleges that these exams are not job related consistent with business necessity and do not otherwise meet the requirements of Section 703(k) of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(k). As a result of these exams, BCPD has hired fewer African American applicants as BCPD entry-level police officers and police cadets since January 1, 2013, than it would have had it used a nondiscriminatory screening device.

Thus, the plaintiff sought injunctive relief requiring that the defendant:

1. Refrain from using written exams to screen applicants that result in a disparate impact on African Americans where such exams are not consistent with business necessity and do not otherwise meet the requirements of Section 703(k) of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(k);
2. Provide remedial relief to and make whole all persons who have suffered individual loss as a result of the discrimination alleged; and
3. Adopt other appropriate nondiscriminatory measures to correct the present effects of its discriminatory policies and practices.

The complaint was answered on September 17, 2019 and a proposed schedule for discovery should be filed by November 1, 2019.

The case is ongoing.

Kevin Longhany - 09/26/2019


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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Baltimore County, MD
Plaintiff Description The United States of America.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
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 2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
5:16-cv-11173 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0152-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/25/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-MD-0152-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/27/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Blake, Catherine C. (D. Md.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Burrell, Meredith (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-MD-0152-0001 | EE-MD-0152-9000
Lawrence, Kathleen O. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-MD-0152-0001 | EE-MD-0152-9000
Salazar, Kunti D. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Field, Michael E. (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Gaskins, Gregory E. (Maryland) show/hide docs
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