United States v. City of New York
FDNY Employment Discrimination Case
In July 2009 and January 2010, the Court issued two rulings finding that the written exams used by the City of New York to hire FDNY firefighters were discriminatory and unlawful, including a finding of intentional discrimination. In March 2012, the Court ruled that the City may owe as much as $128 million in back pay to individuals who were subjected to the City's discriminatory practices. For more information about this lawsuit, please read our Overview of the Case.
The Court recently appointed a claims administrator to assist the Court-appointed Special Masters in facilitating the administration of your claim for relief. The claims administrator is The Garden City Group ("GCG").
If you requested relief in this case, you will now receive correspondence directly from GCG regarding your claim for relief, including the Court's final decision whether you are eligible for back pay and/or priority hiring relief. If you receive correspondence from GCG, please read it carefully and respond as instructed.
GCG has set up a claimant portal where claimants can access their case-related documents. For more information, please visit www.fdnylitigation.com.
Claims process update
If you submitted a claim form, see the Claims Process page for more information.
Update your contact information
If you have already submitted a claim form in this case and your contact information has changed since you submitted the claim form, please provide your updated contact information here.
Current Status & Important Dates
(see Case Timeline and Court Decisions page for more info)
- September 4, 2013
- Deadline for eligible claimants to respond to the City's discovery requests.
- August 9, 2013
- Court issued final set of determinations regarding claimants' eligibility for relief.
- June 28, 2013
- Special Masters issued final set of Reports and Recommendations regarding claimants' eligibility for relief.
- June 6, 2013
- The Court entered a Modified Remedial Order in accordance with the Second Circuit's May 14 opinion.
- May 14, 2013
- The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling overturning the intentional discrimination finding and sending the intentional discrimination claim to a new district court judge for trial. The Second Circuit also upheld most of the remedies ordered by Judge Garaufis, including a Court Monitor to oversee the FDNY's hiring, and held that Judge Garaufis would maintain jurisdiction over financial and other remedies.
Please do not contact the court for information about this case.