Pittsburgh Police Hiring Process Shuts Out Blacks, Suit Says

Law360, Philadelphia (August 24, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT) -- The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police was hit with a putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday alleging the law enforcement agency discriminated against black candidates seeking jobs as police officers.

The complaint filed on behalf of two candidates who were turned down for jobs on Pittsburgh’s police force despite their qualifications, alleges that BOP disproportionately hires nonblack recruits and illegally considers race when making hiring decisions.

“This class action suit challenges the longstanding pattern and practice of racial discrimination by the BOP against African-Americans in...
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