facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up

Sorry, no featured jobs currently.

- Advertisement -
 

« News Home

NYC fire department settles discrimination lawsuit



Published: Wed, March 19, 2014 @ 12:28 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — About 1,500 minorities who took New York City fire department entrance exams that were found to be biased will be eligible to receive back pay totaling $98 million, a black firefighters' group that had sued the city over racial discrimination said Tuesday.

The settlement of the seven-year-old case capped a long and arduous legal fight by the group, the Vulcan Society, over diversity in the fire department. In a city where more than half of residents identify with a racial minority group, black firefighters have never made up more than 4 percent of the department's total.

"This is a great day in the city of New York," said Capt. Paul Washington, a past president of the Vulcan Society. "And we hope that this is the beginning of a new day for the New York City Fire Department."

Besides back pay, the settlement includes more than $6 million to cover lost medical payments, fringe benefits and interest for those who took the test in 1999 and 2002. It also allows for firefighters to be assigned to firehouses in neighborhoods where they live. The payment method hasn't been determined and will have to be approved by a federal judge.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has yet to appoint a fire commissioner, and his corporation counsel, Zachary Carter, praised the settlement as a way to diversify station houses.

"The brave men and women of the FDNY work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm's way — and our administration is committed to ensuring every New Yorker who seeks to take on this heroic role has a fair opportunity to join the ranks," de Blasio said in a statement.

Among other things, the settlement calls for the FDNY to create an executive position for diversity and appoint a uniformed advocate to hear claims of racial discrimination.


Comments

1L0L(661 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

"and our administration is committed to ensuring every New Yorker who seeks to take on this heroic role has a fair opportunity to join the ranks," de Blasio said in a statement."

They do. Its called a civil service exam that needs to be passed in order to be considered for employment. And if you don't place in the top percentage I don't want to hear anyone bich. Its not acceptable to consider someone who placed 191 on the list over someone who placed 4th just because of the color of one's skin. THAT would be discrimination but we never look at it that way huh?

Its simple. The most qualified. Give a test, those who score in the top spots get considered. Easy don't you think?

Suggest removal:

2handymandave(480 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Been there done this. The tests are always unfair if minorities taking the tests have to study and compete with caucasians and others. Why study when you can whine enough and be compensated. Blacks did this for years with affirmative action. Worked excellent for them not too well for others. If all you have to go by is the highest test scores these minorities will typically be left in the dust.

Suggest removal:


News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes | Pittsburgh International Airport