|Lawsuits challenging state civil service firefighter and police examinations as having an unlawful disparate impact on minority applicants
In 2006, we won a federal court lawsuit challenging the Massachusetts entry level civil service examination for firefighters as having an unlawful disparate impact on minority applicants.
We are now pursuing a similar case challenging the state’s promotional exam for police officers seeking to become sergeants. We tried this case in federal court during the summer of 2010. Closing arguments were held in February 2011. We are now awaiting the trial court's decision in the case.
To learn more about these cases, read below.
Mass. court says police lawsuit can go forward
Minority officers win round in legal battle over promotion exams
A group of BPD officers say a promotional exam is discriminatory
Black police officials sue city
Police hit with bias decision; Two officers may be due 'millions'
Civil service ruling in judge's hands
Police exams need to test the right stuff
As Hub promotes officers, discrimination claims await hearing
Patrick to appeal ruling on police, firefighter exams
Few minority police supervisors
Lawsuit challenges fairness of police promotional test
Will Patrick stand tall?
Judge orders fire departments to offer jobs
Judge says firefighter tests biased and unfair
Jacob Bradley et al. v. City of Lynn et al., 443 F.Supp.2d 145 (D.Mass. 2006) (following class action bench trial, court found that civil service exam had disparate impact on minorities, resulting in $2.15 million court-approved settlement, including the statewide hiring of more than 60 minority firefighters and police officers)
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