Discrimination A “Persistent Stain” On FDNY: Judge

Law360, New York (January 13, 2010, 7:19 PM EST) -- The New York City Fire Department's use of a written examination constituted “a pattern and practice of intentional discrimination” against black and Hispanics applicants and was part of a “persistent stain” on the department's honorable history, a federal judge said Wednesday in a stinging opinion.

The city did not sufficiently rebut arguments made by the U.S. government and the Vulcan Society, an organization representing black firefighters, that the department's hiring practices for firefighters violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as well as state and...
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