Case: United States v. City of Newark

2:00-cv-02368 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Filed Date: May 16, 2000

Closed Date: Feb. 27, 2002

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Case Summary

On May 16th, 2000, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Newark, New Jersey in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The DOJ sought injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against the two police officers and other similarly situated officers on the basis of religion.More specifically, the DOJ claims that the defendant discriminated …

On May 16th, 2000, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., against the City of Newark, New Jersey in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The DOJ sought injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against the two police officers and other similarly situated officers on the basis of religion.

More specifically, the DOJ claims that the defendant discriminated against the two officers and similarly-situated officers by failing or refusing to reasonably accommodate their religious observance, practice and belief as Muslims of wearing a beard, threatening them with termination, transferring the officers to undesirable assignments, and denying them opportunities to work special overtime events.

On February 26th, 2002, the court (Judge John C. Lifland) entered a Consent Decree between the United States and the defendant. The decree ordered general relief, including the prohibition of discriminating on the basis of religion and retaliating because of participation in or cooperation with the case. Specific relief include monetary awards for the charging parties, the expunging of the claimants' disciplinary records, and the retention of records for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the decree. The Court retained jurisdiction for two years after the entry of the decree. The case was closed on February 27th, 2000.

Summary Authors

Jennifer Hau (10/29/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Lifland, John C. (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brent, Derrick L. (District of Columbia)

Cassell, Susan C. (New Jersey)

Eure, Philip K (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Gomez, Abel (District of Columbia)

Hochberg, Faith S. (New Jersey)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Marshall, Lenora E. (New Jersey)

Watson, Joanne Y (New Jersey)

Judge(s)

Lifland, John C. (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brent, Derrick L. (District of Columbia)

Cassell, Susan C. (New Jersey)

Eure, Philip K (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Gomez, Abel (District of Columbia)

Hochberg, Faith S. (New Jersey)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Marshall, Lenora E. (New Jersey)

Watson, Joanne Y (New Jersey)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Feb. 27, 2002 Docket
1

Complaint

United States v. The City of Newark

May 16, 2000 Complaint
15

Consent Decree

United States v. The City of Newark

Feb. 26, 2002 Settlement Agreement

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: New Jersey

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 16, 2000

Closing Date: Feb. 27, 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States, on behalf of Muslim employees

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

City of Newark (Newark, Essex), City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2002 - 2004

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination