Case: United States v. Belleville

3:93-cv-00799 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Nov. 10, 1993

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Case Summary

On November 10, 1993, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the city of Belleville and the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The United States alleged that the city engaged in discriminatory employment practices that had the purpose or effect of excluding African Americans from the police and fire work force and sought monetary and injunctive relief. The United States specifically alleged that the defenda…

On November 10, 1993, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the city of Belleville and the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The United States alleged that the city engaged in discriminatory employment practices that had the purpose or effect of excluding African Americans from the police and fire work force and sought monetary and injunctive relief.

The United States specifically alleged that the defendant's use of written examinations in the hiring procedure and its methods of advertising disproportionately excluded blacks from employment. The United States also alleged that the City engaged in several discriminatory employment practices which had the purpose or effect of excluding women from the work force in violation of Title VII, including the use of physical performance examinations and weight and height requirements in the processing and selection of candidates for appointment to positions with the City of Belleville's police and fire departments.

On May 1, 1995, the United States and the defendant agreed to enter into a consent decree ordered by the district court (Judge Paul E. Riley). The decree stated that the City would implement a recruitment program designed to attract qualified black and female applicants for all employment positions. The consent decree also ordered the defendants to establish a $450,000 back pay settlement fund to be distributed to individuals identified by the United States as victims of the alleged discrimination and a $250,000 pension settlement fund to be distributed to the victims of the alleged discrimination who accept an offer of employment from the Defendants. The Defendants was further ordered to retain all necessary and relevant records concerning the implementation of the Decree and furnish bi-annual reports to the United States concerning employment decisions by the Defendants, and the Consent Decree will remain in effect for five years after the date of entry.

On August 8, 1995, the district court (Judge Riley) addressed specific objections to the consent decree. Teamsters Automotive, Petroleum and Allied Trades ("Local 50") objected that the collective bargaining agreements' seniority provisions would be significantly skewed by the Consent Decree. The City joined Local 50 by arguing that the retroactive seniority provisions in the Consent Decree will have an adverse impact on the seniority rights of current incumbents under the collective bargaining agreement of Local 50. Local 50 requested that the Court enter the Consent Decree without the competitive retroactive seniority provision. The district court (Judge Riley) granted the Plaintiff's motion for final entry of the Consent Decree over these objections.

On January 27, 2003, the district court (Judge G. Patrick Murphy) dissolved the consent decree after finding that the City had engaged in sufficient employment activity to assure their good faith in achieving the purposes of the Consent Decree. Furthermore, the Judge asserted that the responsibility to administer the police and fire department should be returned to local elected officials.

Summary Authors

Dana Schwarz (11/8/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Beatty, William Louis (Illinois)

Cohn, Gerald B. (Illinois)

Frazier, Philip M. (Illinois)

Murphy, G. Patrick (Illinois)

Proud, Clifford J. (Illinois)

Riley, Paul E. (Illinois)

Stiehl, William Donald (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clark, Carolyn (District of Columbia)

Degarlais, Vincent C. (District of Columbia)

Dulen, Maureen T (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Beatty, William Louis (Illinois)

Cohn, Gerald B. (Illinois)

Frazier, Philip M. (Illinois)

Murphy, G. Patrick (Illinois)

Proud, Clifford J. (Illinois)

Riley, Paul E. (Illinois)

Stiehl, William Donald (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clark, Carolyn (District of Columbia)

Degarlais, Vincent C. (District of Columbia)

Dulen, Maureen T (District of Columbia)

Foose, Andrew A. (District of Columbia)

Grace, Charles W (Illinois)

Jones, Laura J (Illinois)

Loeser, Derek W. (District of Columbia)

Miquelon, Miriam F (Illinois)

Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)

Ugelow, Richard S (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bailey, Curtis R (Illinois)

Bruch, Julie A. (Illinois)

Casson, George J. Jr. (Illinois)

Cueto, Amiel S (Illinois)

Harrison, Rodney A. (Missouri)

Kosoff, Clifford J (Illinois)

May, Jane M (Illinois)

Yates, David F (Missouri)

Other Attorney(s)

Spritzer, Lois (Missouri)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:93-cv-00799

Docket (PACER)

USA v Belleville IL et al.

March 23, 2004

March 23, 2004

Docket
88

3:93-cv-00799

Memorandum and Order

U.S. v. City of Belleville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

1995 WL 1943014

Aug. 8, 1995

Aug. 8, 1995

Order/Opinion
357

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Memorandum and Order

US v City of Belleville and Belleville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

March 27, 2000

March 27, 2000

Order/Opinion
445

3:93-cv-00799

Memorandum and Order

US v City of Belleville and Belleville Fire and Police Commissioners

Dec. 9, 2002

Dec. 9, 2002

Order/Opinion
448

3:93-cv-00799

Order

US v City of Belleville and Belleville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

Jan. 27, 2003

Jan. 27, 2003

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 10, 1993

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. on behalf of African-American and female fire and police employees and applicants

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 Belleville (Belleville), City

Defendant Type(s):

Fire

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1995 - 2003

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Testing

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Sex discrimination

Race:

Black

Affected Gender:

Female

Male