Hogan Lovells helps secure class certification in Secret Service race discrimination case

Hogan Lovells has announced that, in a long-running race discrimination case against the US Secret Service, a federal judge in Washington DC ruled that plaintiffs had presented evidence that the Secret Service engaged in a pattern and practice in discrimination in failing to promote African Americans, which warrants trying the claims of 120 current and former agents as a class action.

In rejecting all of the Secret Service’s arguments against certification of the class in Moore v Napolitano, the court reviewed significant statistical evidence and dozens of declaration describing individual experiences of discrimination offered by the plaintiffs.

The court ruled that the plaintiffs’ expert — who found statistically significant evidence of race discrimination — offered ‘relevant’ and ‘reliable’ testimony that discrimination has occurred at the agency, which was corroborated by the sworn testimony of more than 60 current and former African American Secret Service agents.

Hogan Lovells, which is providing legal services pro bono, represents the class with a team from Relman, Dane & Colfax.