Black Firefighters Win Class Cert. In NYC Bias Suit

Law360, New York (June 7, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT) -- In a suit over New York City’s alleged discriminatory policies against minority firefighter applicants, a New York federal judge on Monday certified a class of black firefighters on the condition that certain issues were split into subclasses.

The class certification is part of the remedial phase of a successful suit against the city from the U.S. Department of Justice and intervenor Vulcan Society Inc., an association of black firefighters. The plaintiffs alleged discriminatory entrance exams cost more than 1,000 black and Hispanic applicants jobs.

The Vulcan...
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