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UNITED STATES v. CITY OF CHICAGO

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, E. D


April 24, 1974

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CITY OF CHICAGO ET AL., DEFENDANTS, LOUIS ARADO ET AL., INTERVENORS-DEFENDANTS. RENAULT ROBINSON AND AFRO-AMERICAN PATROLMEN'S LEAGUE, AN ILLINOIS NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION, PLAINTIFFS, V. JAMES B. CONLISK, JR.,[FN*] ET AL., DEFENDANTS. TADEO ROBERT CAMACHO ET AL., PLAINTIFFS, V. CITY OF CHICAGO ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Marshall, District Judge.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Before me is the motion of plaintiff United States of America in cause No. 73 C 2080, joined in by all plaintiffs*fn1 in causes Nos. 70 C 2220 and 73 C 1252, to consolidate these cases for all purposes, pursuant to Rule 42(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.*fn2

Plaintiffs argue that these cases present (1) common questions of law as to whether the practices engaged in by the defendants*fn3 are unlawful and in violation of rights secured by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., the Fifth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and sections 1981 and 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and 1983 and (2) common factual questions of whether the defendants discriminate against Black and Spanish surnamed persons in the hiring, promotion, assignment and other treatment, terms and conditions of employment of police officers.

Defendants argue that the cases lack the requisite common issues of law and fact as required by Rule 42(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The complaint in United States v. City of Chicago et al., 73 C 2080, alleges inter alia that the City and the other named defendants discriminate against Blacks and Spanish surnamed persons with respect to employment opportunities and conditions of employment of the Chicago Police Department through various practices in recruiting, hiring, promotion, assignments and discipline of police officers.*fn4 The complaint further alleges that the defendants pursue policies and practices of sex discrimination against women regarding employment opportunities and conditions of employment within the Police Department. As to all claims, violations of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment are alleged.

The Camacho complaint,*fn5 73 C 1252, alleges inter alia that the defendants discriminate against Blacks and Spanish surnamed persons in the recruiting and hiring of police officers through height and weight requirements, written examinations, medical examinations and background investigations. Violations of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment are alleged.

The Robinson complaint,*fn6 70 C 2220, alleges in Count I that Robinson and members of the Afro-American Patrolmen's League have been subjected to unequal standards, punishment and treatment for the purposes of harassment in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. Count 2 alleges that League members, including Robinson, have been discriminated against on racial grounds by defendants' practices regarding the hiring, assignment, discipline and promotion of police officers in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and § 1983, the Fifth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. Damages and equitable relief are sought for the alleged violations.

The United States and Camacho suits charge the defendants with discrimination in the recruiting and hiring of Black and Spanish surnamed applicants for the Chicago Police Department. In these circumstances we can assume that the United States and Camacho allegations will be proven, if at all, through evidence demonstrating the disproportionate racial impact of qualifications, tests and other procedures utilized by defendants in hiring police officers. The respective complaints charge violations of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended March 24, 1972, the Fourteenth Amendment and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and 1983. The relief sought in both cases is comparable.*fn7

Count 2 of the Robinson complaint alleges discriminatory practices in promotion, discipline and assignment as does the United States case. Again, we can assume that the statistical and testimonial evidence concerning the alleged discrimination will be common to Robinson and United States. Violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and the Fourteenth Amendment are alleged. Moreover, the relief sought is similar.

The absence of Title VII allegations from the Robinson complaint is not fatal to consolidation. The substantive requirements and burden of proof under Title VII and § 1981 are the same. See Griggs v. Duke Power Co., 401 U.S. 424, 91 S.Ct. 849, 28 L.Ed.2d 158 (1971); Chance v. Board of Examiners, 458 F.2d 1167 (2d Cir. 1972); Carter v. Gallagher, 452 F.2d 315 (8th Cir. 1972). Thus consolidation will not result in lengthening trial time or confusion of the issues.

The evidence supporting Count 1 and discriminatory assignment and discipline claims of Count 2 of the Robinson complaint can readily be heard with the United States allegations of discriminatory discipline, assignments and sex discrimination.

The fact that each of these three cases are not at the same stage of discovery is not fatal to consolidation. First, discovery has been initiated in all three cases. Discovery began in Robinson in 1971 and has proceeded from that time. Discovery in United States is proceeding with due dispatch. Camacho's discovery posture is the most uncertain, but the plaintiffs therein represent that they will be prepared to proceed with the motion for preliminary injunction. Furthermore, the discovery in United States duplicates most of the discovery that would be available on the Camacho claims.

Consolidation will effect appreciable savings of time and expense without any apparent prejudice to the defendants. Accordingly, plaintiffs' joint motion to consolidate is Granted.

It Is Ordered that United States v. City of Chicago et al., 73 C 2080, Camacho v. City of Chicago et al., 73 C 1252, and Robinson v. Conlisk, 70 C 2220, be consolidated for all purposes. At the hearing on the motions for preliminary injunctions, the court will be prepared to consider all issues of racial or sex discrimination relating to recruiting, hiring, promotion, assignment and discipline, reserving to the parties which of those issues will be presented at that hearing. It is further ordered that the trial on the merits be advanced and consolidated with the hearing for a preliminary injunction, pursuant to Rule 65(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


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