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 1-866-759-6517

19 responses to “2010 Census Background Check Class Action Settlement”

  1. Dwayne Robinson says:

    I haven’t received any information on this settlement.

  2. Toisha Jenkins says:

    Checking on the final hearing on the settlement. Pin number 0004426639

    ADMIN – Hi Trisha,

    Please contact the admin directly with your inquiry, their info is posted above under contact.

  3. Michael Escobedo says:

    I have NOT received any information on settlement as well. I received a Notice pin #:0006299934 and filed a claim form on-line 9/9/2016 for Houser v Pritzker Census Settlement .. Confirmation Claim number is 10006142

    ADMIN – Hi Michael,

    I have not read any recent updates on this settlement

  4. Anikia C Jones says:

    I have not received any information concerning the settlement, claim number 10002799

    ADMIN – Hi Anikia,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  5. Sherry Coleman says:

    I haven’t received anything as well. Notice 0004067894

    ADMIN – Hi Sherry,

    This is not the proper channel for escalation. You need to reach out to the class action administrator.

  6. Joan Griffith says:

    Joan Griffith 0001650013

    What is the Class action administrator phone number.

    ADMIN – Hi Joan,

    Census Settlement Administrator
    c/o Rust Consulting
    P.O. Box 2518
    Faribault, MN 55021-9518

  7. Mary Delgado rios says:

    I called the number 1 866 759 6517 today the 16th of August 2017 it a non working number & so please can you give another that is working to get a better result of my claim thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Mary,

    If they have closed the hotline it means the settlement has been paid.

    • Mary Delgado Rios says:

      I still haven’t received any tpye of payment of this settlement may I please have a update on their process

      ADMIN – Hi Mary,

      The class action administrator has not yet updated their page. Have you tried calling them directly?

    • Mary Delgado Rios says:

      My address is 1808 Doolittle Avenue Bakersfield Ca 93304

      ADMIN – Hi Mary,

      Leaving your address here does not constitute a claim

  8. Corine Manuel says:

    Please send me updates on the settlement.

    ADMIN – Hi Corine,

    I have no updates on this case.

  9. Cynthia Annette Williams says:

    Hello my name is Cynthia Williams and I am a class member of the Census discrimination class action lawsuit, and have completed all requested paperwork on 08/15/2016. My pin # is
    0006875770 and my confirmation number is 10005401 and today is November 30, 2017 and I have gotten no update, no response, no monetary payment, nor have I received any information regarding the 2020 census. Can you tell me who I should contact? or write?, email ? something? The number listed is a nonworking number and of no use. How can they just cut the line of communication off, especially when I clearly filed my claim form before the deadline and if I wasn’t eligible I wouldn’t have received a notification in the first place. Your prompt and courteous attention to the matter will be appreciated wholeheartedly. Thank you. this is November 2017

    ADMIN – Hi Cynthia,

    The admin of this settlement is Rust Consulting. At this point you are very unlikely to get anything if you did not escalate on a timely manner. Here is their website

  10. Rose Hernandez says:

    Hi my name is Rose M Hernandez. I filed a claim for this class action lawsuit. My pin number is 0005029068.

    Claim #10005159

    ADMIN – Hi Rose,

    Have you tried contacting the class action administrator.

  11. Donnajo Simms says:

    No that number do not work. I’ll filed the same day i got the pin number 07 15 16.

    ADMIN – Hi Donn,

    Try reaching out to class counsel instead. Their number is on the FAQ for the official settlement.

  12. Glenda Boyce says:

    Hi my name is Glenda Boyce. i filed a claim for this class action lawsuit. My pin number is 0001879995.
    claim #10000437 claim filed on 5/18/2016 which was a timely manner. i would appreciate an update on this class action lawsuit please!

    ADMIN – Hi Glenda,

    The class action administrator has not provided any updates.

  13. patricia Price says:

    My name is Patricia price I have not heard anything concerning the census settlement claim.

    ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

    Did you file a claim?

    • Patricia A Price says:

      Yes I filed a claim could someone contact me concerning this matter.

      ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

      You need to reach out to the class action administrator directly.


    I filed claim form, spoke with a rep from Cornell law school, in 2016. but never received response. Not answering please help.

    ADMIN – Hi Barbara,

    We cannot provide you with any type of help beyond the information that we have already posted.

  15. Anthony Bryant says:

    My name is Anthony Bryant. I am part of this class action lawsuit. I was trying to figure out if members of this will be giving priority for the positions of the 2020 Census. Will we receive a form in the mail or will we just apply and our names are on record. How will this work out.

    ADMIN – Hi Anthony,

    Class counsel will be best qualified to answer your question.

  16. Monique Thomas says:

    On February 8, 2016, the parties filed a joint letter with the Court stating they had concluded negotiations and reached an agreement that was subject to the Department of Justice’s approval. In April 2016 the parties submitted the settlement agreement to the Court and Judge Maas issued a preliminary approval on April 19, 2016. Judge Maas ordered a final approval of the settlement on September 20, 2016.

    In the settlement, the Defendant agreed to pay 15 million dollars in damages and attorneys fees. In addition, the parties jointly selected independent organizations to work together as independent consultants to Census relative to the selection and hiring of temporary employees for the 2020 decennial census.

    I literally scored a 90% on the exam. Why aren’t any of us in the case action suit getting part of the $15 million settlement. WE lost income and none of us were offered to work on the 2020 census either. The ‘support for clearing records’ option is a bunch of nothing. I need help recovering that lost income. Not to mention its discouraging, why do we have rules n place to discourage discrimination if the CENSUS themselves don’t follow them. YIKES.