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New York City Times reported on January 13, 2010 that a Federal Judge ruled that the New York City Fire Department intentionally has been discriminating against black applicants. They have been doing this by continuing to use an exam that they were warned against using some time ago for the very same issue…
"It was a part of a pattern, practice and policy of intentional discrimination against black applicants that has deep historical antecedents and uniquely disabling effects" (Garaufes, 2009). Black and other minority firefighters are severely underrepresented in the New York City Fire Departments. The past heritage of the police department in New York has been Irish and there has been a lot of pride attached to that. Statistics show that in 2007 there were 303 black firefighters in New York City and blacks represent 25.6% of the population.
Legal experts in the article state that is one of the few times in recent memory when a city has been charged with purposeful discrimination of a large group of people. Elsie Boddie who is the attorney for the United States Justice Department states that it is one of the few full fledged discrimination suits against a city for a long time. She feels this is just the beginning for this one though because the City was told to stop using the test in 1999 and again in 2002 because it was discriminatory and they continued anyway. The suit was brought initially by three people who took the test and the Valcan Society which is a fraternal organization of back city firefighters. The fire department says they will appeal.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. ...
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