Buffalo Firefighters Push 2nd Circ. To Reopen Race Bias Suit

Law360, New York (May 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A group of black firefighters from Buffalo, N.Y., asked the Second Circuit Monday to reopen a lawsuit claiming racial bias, arguing that black firefighters bore the brunt of drug-use related firings.

Though black firefighters made up only about a third of the fire department, they made up close to 90 percent of firings connected with drug use, lawyer Harvey P. Sanders of Sanders & Sanders said at oral arguments before a panel of judges in Manhattan.

The city’s disproportionate firings occurred even though black firefighters were...
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