Claim $2,000 D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Class Action Settlement

Who is a Class Member

Class members of the D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Class Action Settlement include “all African-American persons who, since February 23, 2012, have been terminated or otherwise permanently separated from their positions, suspended with or without pay, and/or denied employment with WMATA or any third party contractor or subcontractor of WMATA as a result of the Background Screening Policy and who claim to have suffered any loss of earnings or damages as a result.”

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.


Settlement Amount

  • $6,500,000.00

Estimated Award

  • $2,000.00

Individuals who submit a short form claim will be eligible to receive a payment of $2,000. Individuals who submit a long form claim with supporting documentation showing proof of lost wages in excess of $2,000 could receive a larger settlement payout as outlined in the FAQs.


Proof of Purchase

  • If you submit a short form claim, you will need to confirm that
    • (1) you are African American
    • (2) you failed the Background Screening Policy, and
    • (3) after failing you were denied employment, terminated, or suspended by WMATA or a WMATA contractor
  • If you submit a long form claim, you will need to confirm that:
    • (1) you are African American
    • (2) you failed the Background Screening Policy, and
    • (3) after failing you were denied employment, terminated, or suspended by WMATA or a WMATA contractor
    • (4) You will also need to provide documentation relevant to your claim, including information about the timing and circumstances when you were denied employment, terminated, or suspended by WMATA or a WMATA contractor, the position at issue, and approximate salary, as well as any evidence of amounts earned in the interim, which will be supported by tax forms, W-2 statements, or sworn declarations.

Claim Forms

You have the option of submitting a short form claim or a long form claim. Eligible Class Members who submit short form claims will be entitled to receive a flat payment estimated to be $2,000. Eligible Class members who believe they suffered more than $2,000 in lost wages may, if they wish, submit a long form claim, providing additional documentation to support a payment greater than $2,000.

You cannot submit both a long form claim and a short form claim, or receive both a long form claim payment and a short form claim payment.


D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement Notes

  • Erick Little, et al. v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, et al.
  • Case No. 1:14-CV-01289-RMC
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

The class action lawsuit stems from Washington D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority’s 2011 adoption of a criminal background screening policy which, according to the plaintiffs in the case, violates the Civil Rights Act. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that the background screening policy “adversely and disproportionately impacted African Americans who applied for employment with WMATA or WMATA contractors or were suspended or terminated as a result of the new background screening.

WMATA denies these allegations and maintains its background screening policy was adopted for non-discriminatory reasons and does not adversely impact African-AmericansComplete details about the case and settlement are provided on the D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement website.

Class members who wish to opt-out or object to the terms of the D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement must do so by March 19, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit their claim form on or before March 8, 2018.


Important Dates

  • 3/8/18: Claim Form Deadline
  • 3/19/18: Objection or Opt-Out Deadline
  • 4/23/18: Final Hearing at 9:30 am ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).

Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.wmataclassaction.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.


Contact Information

  • Mail: Settlement Services, Inc., P.O. Box 10643, Tallahassee FL, 32302-2643

Class Counsel


Settlement Website

$14.3M PCC/Rutherford County Probation Class Action Settlement

Who is a Class Member

PCC/Rutherford County Probation Class Action Settlement Class members include “all persons who, at any time from October 1, 2011 to the Preliminary Approval Order (January 2, 2018):

  • (1) incurred court-imposed financial obligations arising from a traffic or misdemeanor case in Rutherford County General Sessions or Circuit Court; and
  • (2) were supervised on probation in that case by PCC or Rutherford County’s Probation Department.

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.


Settlement Amount

  • $14,300,000.00

Estimated Award

  • Varies

Page 18 of the Settlement Agreement details how the settlement payments will be dispersed.

Class Members who were on supervised probation with PCC or supervised probation with Rutherford County’s Probation Department and submit Valid Claims shall be entitled to receive Cash Awards as follows:

Each Settlement Class Member whose probation with PCC ended prior to October 1, 2014, will be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to 125% of the amount that he or she actually paid to PCC for PCC Fees beginning October 1, 2011. The payout will also include 125% of the amount that he or she actually paid to PCC for PCC Fees for such offenses prior to October 1, 2011.

Each Settlement Class Member who was on probation with PCC on or after October 1, 2014, will be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to $50 for each month that he or she was on supervised probation with PCC after October 1, 2014, plus 125% of the amount that he or she actually paid to PCC for PCC Fees. The payment will also include 125% of the amount that he or she actually paid to PCC for PCC Fees for such offenses before October 1, 2011.

Each Settlement Class Member who was on probation with Rutherford County’s Probation Department in or after March 2016 and (a) was on supervised probation for the sole purpose of paying court-imposed financial obligations or (b) would have been removed from supervised probation but for the payment of a court-imposed financial obligation, will be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to $50 for each month that he or she was on supervised probation with Rutherford County’s Probation Department in or after March 2016 through January 2, 2018 plus 125% of the Cmount that he or she actually paid to Rutherford County’s Probation Department for probation fees from March 2016 through the Preliminary Approval Order.


Proof of Purchase

  • Class members will need to provide the following information along with their claim form:
    • Dates (approximate) they were on probation
    • Rutherford County case number

Claim Form

  • class action lawsuits

PCC/Rutherford County Probation Settlement Notes

  • Rodriguez et al. v. Providence Community Corrections, Inc. et al
  • Case No. 3:15-cv-01048
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

This civil rights class action lawsuit claims that Rutherford County, Tennessee in contract with Pathways Community Corrections, violated several federal and state laws, and the U.S. Constitution, in regards to their probation practices.

Specifically, the seven named plaintiffs – Cindy Rodriguez, Steven Gibbs, Paula Pullum, Yolanda Carney, Jacqueline Brinkley, Curtis Johnson and Fred Robinson – say Rutherford County and PCC targeted and punished probationers with excessive private fines, fees, costs, and surcharges stemming from traffic and misdemeanor cases in the Rutherford County courts.

Additionally, the lawsuit states that probationers were threatened with more jail time or more stringent probation terms if they did not pay the private fees imposed by Rutherford County or PCC. According to the complaint, these seven plaintiffs lost their homes, jobs, and more in order to pay the alleged illegal fines.

Rutherford County and Pathways Community Corrections denies each and every allegation of wrongdoing, liability and damages but agreed to settle for $14.3 million.

Elizabeth Rossi, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys told the Daily News Journal, “It’s a landmark settlement that will provide financial compensation to people who were victims of the extortion scheme by PCC (Providence Community Corrections) and Rutherford County. It will also result in significant changes to the probation system in Rutherford County.”

Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the PCC/Rutherford County Probation Settlement website.

The PCC/Rutherford County Probation class action settlement was granted preliminary approval on January 2, 2018. Class members who wish to object to or exclude themselves from the settlement must do so by April 27, 2018. Class members who wish to receive a settlement payment must submit a claim form by April 27, 2018.


Important Dates

  • 4/27/18: Claim Form Deadline
  • 4/27/18: Exclusion or Objection Deadline
  • 6/25/18: Final Hearing at 10:00 am CT* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).

*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.pccrutherfordsettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.


Contact Information

  • Mail: Rodriguez, et al. v. Providence Community Corrections Inc., et al., c/o Dahl Administration LLC, P.O. Box 3614, Minneapolis, MN 55403-0614
  • Phone: 1-888-805-9120
  • Email: info@PCCRutherfordSettlement.com

Class Counsel


Settlement Website