Financial Status Report 2006
Federal Employees Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (FELDF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.
All contributions made to FELDF are tax deductible.
BACKGROUND: On October 5, 2005, a group of Department of Commerce (DoC) employees filed a $500 million dollar lawsuit in United States District Court against the Department. The class action is represented by the law firm of Sanford, Wittels and Heisler, LLP. The multi-million dollar lawsuit (Janet Howard, et. al vs. Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary United States Department of Commerce) accuses DoC of historically using bias practices to disenfranchise African-American employees from job opportunities.
FINANCIAL CLASS CONTRIBUTORS: The potential class is comprised of an estimated 5,000 members. Of this amount, a nominal group of the potential class are members of the five (5) DoC Blacks In Government chapters (NIST, NOAA, RHBC, PTO and CENSUS). Prior to the 2005 court filing, a series of meetings were held at BIG chapters in which potential class members were notified of the required amount of $150,000 to begin litigation. This amount, however, does not cover the total expenses that may be incurred through final class litigation. Each BIG Chapter, NIST excluded, agreed to raise $10,000 towards class litigation efforts. The table below reflects monies raised during 2006.
2006 Paid Expenses and Received Donations
for Commerce Class Action
Total Expenses: --------------------------------- $ 12,025
BIG Chapter Donations Towards the $10,000:
Individual CFC Contributions Received: 4,145
Undesignated CFC Portion 200
Direct Deposit 754
Total Contributions: ------------------------------- $ 5,099
NOTE: No BIG chapter attained the targeted donation goal of $10,000 to cover expected court litigation costs.