2010 Census Background Check Class Action Settlement

Class Eligibility

You are a class member if you are an African American or Latino job applicants who applied for a temporary position with the 2010 decennial census but who did not have the opportunity to advance past the criminal background check stage of the hiring process.

Estimated Amount

As a class member you can opt for two different types of relief: (1) participation in a Records Assistance Project to help resolve issues on their criminal background records, or (2) receiving early notice of the commencement of hiring for temporary jobs for the 2020 decennial census.

Proof of Purchase


Case Name

Anthony Gonzalez, et al. v. Penny Pritzker,
Case No. 1:10-cv-03105-FM
District Court for the Southern District of New York

Case Summary

According to the settlement the U.S. Census Bureau discriminated against African Americans and Latinos when they used certain procedures to check their background prior to employment

Census denies any wrongdoing but agreed to settle the background check class action lawsuit to avoid the expense and uncertainty of ongoing litigation.

Settlement Pool

Early hiring notification or assistance in clearing records




Census Settlement Administrator

c/o Rust Consulting

P.O. Box 2518

Faribault, MN 55021-9518