United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States of America v Baltimore County, Maryland
Civil Action No. 1:19-CV-02465-CCB

Welcome to the United States of America v Baltimore County, Maryland Settlement Website

Summary of Case

The United States of America sued Baltimore County, Maryland alleging employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). The lawsuit alleges that the Baltimore County Police Department’s (“BCPD”) use of written examinations to select entry-level police officers and police cadets since January 1, 2013 discriminated against African American applicants on the basis of race. The United States did not allege that the County intentionally discriminated against African American applicants.

The United States and Baltimore County have voluntarily entered into a Settlement Agreement to resolve this lawsuit. On May 24, 2021, the Court entered the Settlement Agreement as a final order.

As part of the settlement, Baltimore County will provide money (sometimes called “back pay”) and priority hiring relief to individuals who would have otherwise been eligible for employment as an entry-level police officer or police cadet if the County did not use the written examinations the United States challenges. More information about the relief awards is available here. Baltimore County will also stop using the challenged written exams and will develop and use an exam that meets the required legal standards.

Potentially eligible individuals were sent instructions regarding how to apply for relief awards on June 23, 2021. The deadline to apply for relief awards was August 9, 2021, and applications for relief awards are no longer being accepted.

On March 18, 2022, individuals who applied for relief awards were sent a notice indicating whether they may receive money (sometimes called “back pay”), priority hiring consideration, both awards, or no award (“Proposed Individual Relief Awards”).

The Court held a Fairness Hearing on June 17, 2022, where it heard objections and considered whether the Proposed Individual Relief Awards should be approved or changed. Following the Fairness Hearing, also on June 17, 2022, the Court approved the Proposed Individual Relief Awards as Final.

On July 7, 2022, individuals eligible to receive an award on the Final Individual Relief Awards list will be sent a Notice of Individual Relief Award and Acceptance of Relief and Release of Claims Form, as well as any applicable tax withholding forms (“Acceptance of Relief Documents”). Individuals who receive the Acceptance of Relief Documents must complete and submit the Documents, as described in the instructions, to the Claims Administrator by August 5, 2022.

 

Upcoming Important Dates

 July 7, 2022
Acceptance of Relief Documents Will Be Sent to Individuals Eligible to Receive an Award  on the Final Individual Relief Awards list

August 5, 2022
Deadline to Submit Acceptance of Relief Documents

September 2, 2022
Deadline to Submit Corrections to Acceptance of Relief Documents

 

Please do not call the Court or the Court Clerk’s Office to ask any questions about the case, because the Court will be unable to assist you. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

 

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Mail

Baltimore County Police Department Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91209
Seattle, WA 98111