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United States v. City of New York
FDNY Employment Discrimination Case


Important Update!

The parties (the United States, the Vulcan Society and several class representatives, and the City of New York) have filed with the Court a proposed Monetary Relief Consent Decree, which, if approved, will settle the claims for back pay, fringe benefits, and applicable interest for a total of approximately $99 million.

Key Dates:

  • July 14, 2014: If the Court decided that you are eligible for a monetary award, GCG will send you documents that list the amount of money you are entitled to receive under the proposed settlement on July 14, 2014. Please note that this amount is subject to the Court's approval and may change before a final order is entered by the Court.
  • August 12, 2014: If you would like to object to the proposed settlement or to your proposed award, you must do so by August 12, 2014.
  • October 1, 2014: At 10:00 a.m. on October 1, 2014, the Court will hold a Fairness Hearing to determine whether to approve the Decree and the proposed awards for back pay, fringe benefits, and interest to each of the 1,470 claimants the Court determined are eligible to receive a monetary award. The Fairness Hearing will take place at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York in Courtroom 4D.
  • October 2, 2014: The Fairness Hearing will continue on October 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., if necessary.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Claimants who have been found eligible for relief by the Court may obtain more information about how the proposed settlement affects their claims for relief at www.fdnylitigation.com, which will have updated information about the settlement in the coming days and weeks.

This website will also be updated as additional details become available.

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)

June 30, 2014
The Court preliminarily approved the parties' proposed Monetary Relief Consent Decree and scheduled a Fairness Hearing to determine whether to finally approve the Decree and whether to approve or amend the Proposed Relief Awards List, which shows the proposed awards for back pay, fringe benefits, and interest for each of the 1,470 claimants who the Court determined are eligible to receive individual monetary relief.
June 27, 2014
The parties filed with the Court a proposed Monetary Relief Consent Decree to settle the claims for back pay and fringe benefits (plus interest) lost by black and Hispanic firefighter applicants due to the City's discrimination.
March 18, 2014
The parties announced that they had reached an agreement in principle to settle this case.
February 18, 2014
Deadline for eligible black claimants to submit compensatory damages claim forms (optional)
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.

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