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NYPD Random Drug Testing Program ‘Racially Flawed,’ Says Detective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York Civil Rights Lawyer Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., announces the filing of a Notice of Claim Challenging the NYPD Random Drug Testing Program as ‘Racially Flawed’

New York, May 16, 2018, – On May 9, 2018, NYPD Detective David Terrell filed a Notice of Claim with the New York City Comptroller’s Office alleging the Random Drug Testing Program 1s ‘racially flawed,’ used as a punitive tool to target officers of color.

Terrell, (African-American Male) alleges that since his appointment to the Department on July 1, 2002, he has been subjected to the ‘random drug testing program.’

The Department administers the ‘random drug testing program’ under the guise of the ‘public safety sensitive position’ exception, according to the claim.

The Department administers the ‘random drug testing program’ under threat of suspension and termination, according to the claim.

Under the Department guidelines, the employee ‘must’ report and provide a urine and/or hair sample.

Under the Department guidelines, the employee ‘cannot’ challenge the ‘veracity’ of the results to the detriment of African-Americans and other officers of color.

According to the notice, the Department ‘claims’ the ‘random drug testing program’ computer algorithm doesn’t include an employees’ race or national origin.

Under the Department guidelines, it manages manages the ‘random drug testing program’ using a computer algorithm created and/or maintained by the Medical Division.

According to the claim, Terrell alleges that the Department through the Medical Division ‘manipulates’ the ‘random drug testing program’ using a computer algorithm intentionally testing African-American and other officers of color more often than similarly situated Caucasian officers.

The Department through the Medical Division have tested more African-American and other officers of color meanwhile, failed to test similarly situated Caucasian officers, according to the claim.

The Department through the Medical Division uses the ‘random drug testing program’ to intentionally discriminate against African-American and other officers of color in favor of similarly situated Caucasian officers, according to the claim.

Terrell claims, that the Department through the Medical Division use of the ‘random drug testing program’ have a ‘disparate impact’ upon African-American and other officers of color in favor of similarly situated Caucasian officers.

Terrell further claims, that the Department through the Medical Division use the ‘random drug testing program’ to retaliate against African-American and other officers of color whenever they complain about discrimination and other serious misconduct in the workplace.

Since July 1, 2002, Terrell claims he has been tested numerous times under the ‘random drug testing program’ meanwhile other similarly situated Caucasian officers have never been tested.

According to the claim, the Department tested Terrell on or about September 23, 2017, March 15, 2018 and April 27, 2018, with knowledge of his filing a Notice of Claim, EEOC Charge of Discrimination and federal civil rights lawsuit, under the guise of the ‘random drug testing program’ retaliated against him subjecting him to further testing.

“We intend to prove that the NYPD Random Drug Testing Program is ‘racially flawed’ used as a punitive tool against officers of color, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” says Eric Sanders.

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NYPD Random Drug Testing Program ‘Racially Flawed,’ Says Detective