Firefighters and Racism

In June of 2009, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled that two firefighting written examinations administered in 1999 and 2002 "unfairly excluded hundreds of qualified people of color from the opportunity to serve as New York City firefighters."  This ruling was a result of a 2007 lawsuit by the Justice Department after a federal complaint by the Vulcan Society, an association of black firefighters. Then, on March 8, 2012, Judge Garaufis ordered New York City to pay $128 million to those firefighters who alleged that the city used the entrance exam to deliberately keep African-Americans and Latino Americans off the force.  The "judge also ordered the FDNY to hire 293 black and Latino applicants." Consequently, the Department of Justice is now informing "Black or Latino applicants who took the 1999 or 2002 exam but were not hired, or those who took the 2002 test but were not hired until after June 2006 that they may be eligible to be a...(Read Full Article)

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