United States v. City of Lubbock, Texas


The United States of America sued the City of Lubbock (the “City”), alleging that the Lubbock Police Department discriminated against female and Hispanic applicants when hiring probationary police officers from January 16, 2010, to June 6, 2015. The City denied these allegations.

In settlement of this lawsuit, the United States and the City voluntarily entered into a Consent Decree. On November 14, 2016, the Court approved the Consent Decree and entered it as final.

As part of the settlement, the City will provide money and other awards to individuals harmed by the alleged discrimination. Instructions regarding how to apply for individual relief were sent to potentially eligible individuals by mail and email on December 14, 2016.

The Court held a Fairness Hearing on Individual Relief on September 19, 2017, during which the Court considered the United States’ proposed relief determinations for individuals who submitted Interest-in-Relief Forms and objections to those determinations. The Court approved the Final Individual Relief Awards Lists on September 22, 2017.

In order to accept the individual relief approved by the Court, claimants must fully execute and submit by November 1, 2017, an Acceptance of Individual Relief and Release of Claims form and required Tax Withholding Forms. These documents were mailed and emailed to claimants on October 2, 2017.