FDNY Race Bias Case Could Eclipse Ricci Decision

Law360, New York (January 25, 2010, 7:02 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's summer 2009 finding that the New Haven, Conn., Fire Department discriminated against white firefighters was seen as a landmark ruling, but a judge's recent decision that the New York Fire Department intentionally discriminated against minority candidates could resonate even more for public employers.

A federal judge recently determined that New York intentionally discriminated against minority firefighter applicants using only numbers, signaling a potential shift from the courts' reliance on the smoking-gun, discriminatory statements of the past, according to attorneys.

The decision came...
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