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Group That Won Discrimination Suit Against FDNY Eyes Back Pay

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Vulcan Society, the group that brought a discrimination suit against the FDNY, is now turning its attention to back pay.

A federal judge is holding hearings this week on a court order, which finds the city could owe up to $128 million in back pay to Black and Latino candidates who took the 1999 and 2002 FDNY entrance exams.

Darius Charney, who represents the Vulcan Society, says the payouts under the judge’s order will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

“Each individual person who files a claim for money is going to have to be investigated to figure out whether their damages should be reduced, you know, based on the fact that they did work in the interim,” he said, but added other factors will also help determine possible pay outs.

The judge's decision could affect pay outs for minority candidates the Vulcan Society contends were not hired based on the FDNY exams, which were deemed discriminatory. The Vulcan Society has already won the discrimination suit against the FDNY.

Last week, a federal judge cleared the way for the FDNY to begin hiring new firefighters.

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craig from queens

I beleave in the fact that there was a bias case hear but for those who took all the test to get in not just writen exam....i am a combat veteran i served in O.I.F after returning from iraq i had gotten my packet to take the rest of the pre test to get in psych med and back round i passed everything with flying colors told i was going to be in the academy and never got a letter on where to report ....so two day before the class was.about to start i called my investigator to see what was going on an she.replyed oh mr.Garcia im sry nobody contacted you oh the whole class has.been canceled....what so what ur sayying ia that i served my country the state of ny and my family just to come.home to have nothing not even.a.chance to prove that im worthy of becoming a firefighter all because im hispanic ....wow everybody in ny knows that u need to know somebody to get in and that just in every union almost everywhere but the nypd they will let anyone be a cop....but a firefighter is one of the most i beleave honorable jobs to have ...im a lil upset that i was never given the chance i am a single father a soldier and a hispanic male able to do the job but because of this bias act i am a product of the economy

Oct. 02 2012 09:13 AM

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