The case filed in 2001 alleged the state discriminated against African American applicants for entry-level state trooper positions through the use of a particular written examination. The US District Court for the District of Delaware agreed with the charges in a 2003 trial, according to a Justice Department news release.
Under the terms of the consent decree, the state must provide a total of $1,425,000 to qualified African American applicants who applied for entry-level state trooper positions between 1992 and 1998, but were denied employment as a result of the state’s unlawful use of the written examination. The state will also provide priority job offers with retroactive seniority and pension relief to up to 12 qualified African American applicants who had been the victims of the state’s unlawful use of the examination, according to the news release.
The consent decree will have to be approved by the court.