In May of 2015, the city of Pittsburgh agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2012 alleging discriminatory hiring practices in its police force. The claim was settled for $1.6 million, and the city’s final payment is expected to be made this summer. Over $900,000 is to be distributed among African-American police officer candidates who were rejected by the bureau between 2008 and 2014.
According to the lawsuit, the Pittsburgh police bureau regularly discriminated against black applicants. As part of the settlement, the city also agreed to overhaul its police hiring practices over the next three years.
Racial discrimination laws are in place to protect applicants from discriminatory hiring practices. If you believe you have been rejected for a position because of your race, our Philadelphia employment lawyers will review your case at no charge to determine your best course of legal action. Call Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. at 215-569-1999 or contact us online.