United States v. City of New York
FDNY Employment Discrimination Case
Important Information about the Claims Process
NOTE: THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A CLAIM FOR RELIEF HAS PASSED
In April 2012, the Court ordered the claims process to begin in United States v. City of New York. On May 4, 2012, the City mailed notice and claim form documents to all black and Hispanic applicants who took Written Exam 7029 (first administered in 1999) and/or Written Exam 2043 (first administered in 2002). All black and Hispanic applicants who took either or both of these exams were required to return a claim form by June 18, 2012, in order to be considered for individual relief. Eligible claimants may receive relief awards, including:
- Cash awards of back pay to make up for wages and benefits lost due to discrimination
- Consideration for a job offer to become an FDNY firefighter (must meet all current minimum job qualifications, except the age requirement)
- Seniority to current FDNY firefighters and those hired as a result of this lawsuit
- Black applicants may also receive compensatory damages (which are separate from back pay) under certain conditions
All individuals who submitted a claim form should have received a letter in November 2012, stating whether the United States has preliminarily determined that they are eligible for relief. Individuals who submitted a claim form but did not receive a letter in November 2012 should contact the United States.
If you submitted a claim form, you should have already received the court-appointed Special Master's recommendation on your eligibility for relief. If you did not receive the Special Master's recommendation, you may log onto your claimant portal and download a copy of the recommendation at www.fdnylitigation.com. You may also call GCG at (866) 297-7120. If you disagree with the Special Master's recommendation, you were given a limited time to object. Instructions and the deadline for filing your objection were included with the letter sent to you in the same mailing with the Special Master's recommendation.
The Court has finished reviewing the Special Masters' recommendations and issuing eligibility determinations. A copy of the Court's eligibility determination will be mailed to you and will also be posted on your claimant portal at www.fdnylitigation.com. If you need to request an additional copy of the Court's eligibility determination, you may check your claimant portal or contact GCG at (866) 297-7120. If you are a black claimant and you have questions about seeking a claim for compensatory damages, please visit www.fdnycase.com.
Important: 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 using GCG's claimant portal. [You will be re-directed to an external site]
Please do not contact the court for information about this case.