Case: Hayden v. County of Nassau

1:97-cv-01411 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Filed Date: March 1, 1997

Closed Date: June 9, 1999

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Case Summary

In April 1997, 68 white and Hispanic applicants to the Nassau County Police Department filed a lawsuit under Equal Protection Clause, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(1), and New York state law against the defendants Nassau County, its Police Department, and its Civil Service Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court for damages and equitable relief, claiming that the 1994 Nassau County police officer's examination (which was deve…

In April 1997, 68 white and Hispanic applicants to the Nassau County Police Department filed a lawsuit under Equal Protection Clause, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(1), and New York state law against the defendants Nassau County, its Police Department, and its Civil Service Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court for damages and equitable relief, claiming that the 1994 Nassau County police officer's examination (which was developed by the Technical Design and Advisory Committee, and authorized to use by the district court) was intended to solely or primarily benefit one racial group (black) to the detriment of other racial or ethnic groups.

On March 20, 1998, the district court dismissed all of the plaintiffs' claims for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

Plaintiffs filed a timely notice of appeal on April 24, 1998. On June 9, 1999, the 2nd Circuit affirmed the district court's decision, holding that although the exam certainly took race into account, the exam was administered and scored in a wholly race-neutral fashion.

Summary Authors

Kunyi Zhang (8/28/2010)

People


Judge(s)

Keith, Damon Jerome (Michigan)

Judge(s)

Keith, Damon Jerome (Michigan)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:97-cv-01411

Second Amended Class Action Complaint and Jury Trial Demand

Oct. 31, 1997

Oct. 31, 1997

Complaint

98-06113

2nd Circuit Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

180 F.3d 42

June 9, 1999

June 9, 1999

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 1, 1997

Closing Date: June 9, 1999

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Plaintiffs were 68 white, Latino and female applicants to the Nassau County Police Department.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

County of Nassau, County

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

Availably Documents:

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Discrimination-basis:

National origin discrimination

Race discrimination

Race:

White

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Hispanic