Case: NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches v. Philips Electronics North America Corp.

15-156382 | New York state trial court

Filed Date: June 25, 2015

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On June 25, 2015, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights filed this New York state court class action on behalf of the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches against employers who use leading job search sites Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. All of these job sites bar applications for certain open positions from would-be-applicants who have been convicted of a felony.Plaintiffs allege that the defendants violate New York State and City law requiring that employers n…

On June 25, 2015, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights filed this New York state court class action on behalf of the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches against employers who use leading job search sites Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. All of these job sites bar applications for certain open positions from would-be-applicants who have been convicted of a felony.

Plaintiffs allege that the defendants violate New York State and City law requiring that employers not use felony conviction status as an automatic bar to employment, but rather individually evaluate certain factors set forth by statute. Plaintiffs state that this practice has a disparate impact on people of color, although the complaint does not assert race discrimination as a separate cause of action. The lawsuit seeks an injunction forbidding the defendants from posting employment opportunities that bar felons from applying. We do not have access to the docket sheet, and therefore do not know what more has happened in this case so far.

Summary Authors

Sarah Prout (8/25/2015)

People


Judge(s)

Mendez, Manuel J. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Greenbaum, Jon M. (District of Columbia)

Klein, Adam T. (New York)

McClain, Ray (District of Columbia)

McNerney, Christopher M. (New York)

Meyerson, James I. (New York)

Miazad, Ossai (New York)

Rodriguez, Dariely (District of Columbia)

Ryan, Hallie (District of Columbia)

Steel, Lewis M (New York)

Judge(s)

Mendez, Manuel J. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Greenbaum, Jon M. (District of Columbia)

Klein, Adam T. (New York)

McClain, Ray (District of Columbia)

McNerney, Christopher M. (New York)

Meyerson, James I. (New York)

Miazad, Ossai (New York)

Rodriguez, Dariely (District of Columbia)

Ryan, Hallie (District of Columbia)

Steel, Lewis M (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Aranyos, Stephanie Lauren (New York)

Bialek, Tessa (Connecticut)

Burnovski, Brian M. (New York)

Feinland, Robert Phillip (New York)

Gallub, Alison S. (New York)

Kiley, John E. (New York)

Kozak, Jonathan Marc (New York)

Murphy, Brian Daniel (New York)

Portnoy, Lawrence (New York)

Regan, Shawn P. (New York)

Reiter, Richard L. (New York)

Welch, Nicole Ann (New York)

Other Attorney(s)

Bastible, Kieran Xavier (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [State Court]

Jan. 7, 2020 Docket

Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches v. Philips Electronics North America Corporation

New York state supreme court

June 25, 2015 Complaint

First Amended Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

Feb. 16, 2016 Complaint

Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Class Settlement, Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, and Approval of the Proposed Notice of Settlement

Oct. 13, 2016 Order/Opinion

Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment Against Philips Electronics North America Corporation

May 26, 2017 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 25, 2015

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

NAACP on behalf of job applicants who have been convicted of a felony who have been barred from applying for jobs that explicitly ban applicants convicted of a felony. NOTE: The plaintiffs seek a defendant class.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law

Outten & Golden

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Pending

Defendants

NTT DATA, INC., Private Entity/Person

MONSTER WORLDWIDE, INC.,, Private Entity/Person

ZIPRECRUITER, INC., INDEED, INC, Private Entity/Person

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION, Private Entity/Person

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V., Private Entity/Person

RECALL HOLDINGS LIMITED,, Private Entity/Person

RECALL TOTAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, INC., Private Entity/Person

ADVANCE TECH PEST CONTROL, Private Entity/Person

DOES 1-100, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Availably Documents:

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Disparate Impact

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black