Sanford Heisler’s Race Discrimination Class Action Against The U.S. Marshals Service Advances Closer To Trial

Posted February 27th, 2017.

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On Friday February 24, 2017, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Administrative Judge Sharon E. Debbage Alexander granted Sanford Heisler’s motion to amend the complaint in Fogg v. Department of Justice. The EEOC also affirmed the expanded class definition and authorized a discovery period extension.

Based on Friday’s ruling, the class now comprises all current and former African American Deputy U.S. marshals and detention enforcement officers working for the DOJ from January 23, 1994 through the present.

Sanford Heisler won a revival of Fogg’s initial claims in mid-2013, securing certification of a class of African American federal marshals dating back to July 1994.

“These decisions level the playing field for federal employees who have routinely been treated with derision and disrespect,” said David Sanford, Chairman and co-founder of Sanford Heisler. “They have been waiting for justice from the DOJ for 23 years. We look forward to a class trial in Washington, D.C. next year.”

Fogg’s 1994 class action complaint asserts the U.S. Marshals Service hires white employees at a higher rate than African American employees and its African American employees receive disproportionately harsher punishments than their white counterparts for similar infractions. It also asserts the Service intentionally delays processing discrimination complaints by African American employees and that white employees receive preferential access to special assignments.

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The Firm specializes in civil rights and general public interest cases, representing plaintiffs with employment discrimination, labor and wage violations, predatory lending, whistleblower, consumer fraud, and other claims. Along with a focus on class actions, the firm also represents individuals and has achieved particular success in the representation of executives and attorneys in employment disputes. For more information go to or call 202 499-5200 or email For the latest news visit our newsroom or follow us on Twitter at @sanfordheisler

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