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.
Potentially eligible individuals will be sent instructions regarding how to apply for individual relief on June 23, 2021.
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.
Baltimore County will also stop using the challenged written exams and will develop and use an exam that meets the required legal standards.
Upcoming Important Dates
June 23, 2021
Interest-in-Relief Form Documents Will Be Sent to Potentially Eligible Individuals
August 9, 2021
Deadline to Submit Interest-In-Relief Form
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