Summary of Case
The United States of America has 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.
Baltimore County has agreed to provide money (sometimes called “back pay”) and other relief awards 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 available is here. Baltimore County has also agreed to stop using the challenged written exams and to use an exam that meets the required legal standards.
African American individuals may be eligible for a relief award if they:
- Took and failed one of the challenged written exams between January 2010 and April 27, 2019; and
- Met the minimum qualifications for employment when they failed any of the challenged written exams.
Individuals who do not meet the above requirements are not eligible for a relief award.
Upcoming Important Dates
February 16, 2021
Deadline to Submit Objection to Entry of the Settlement Agreement
April 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern
Fairness Hearing on the Terms of the Settlement Agreement
**The hearing may take place via video and/or audio conference, and not in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding how to attend the Fairness Hearing will be added to this site no later than March 23, 2021.
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