Court Rules FDNY Unfair to Minority Firefighter Recruits

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A US federal judge has ruled that the Fire Department of New York used recruitment exams that discriminated against blacks and Hispanics. The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed against the city by a black firefighters' organization and the US Department of Justice.

It found the predominantly white FDNY discriminated against minority firefighter candidates in written exams given between 1999 and 2007.

Joining us now to discuss the ruling and what may be next is Richard Levy with the law firm Levy and Ratner. The firm represented the Vulcan Society a fraternal order of black firefighters, in the class action suit.


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Comments [1]

The test is in no way discriminatory. The test for the FDNY is administered by DCAS, the same agency that administers every city civil service test. If people are unsatisfied with the results of the test, they should examine the actual test before they make a judgment. The test is easy and relevant, but most of all, it is easy. If there aren't enough minorities passing the test, it says something about our society, not the FDNY.

Nov. 12 2010 11:18 PM

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