Chicago Firefighters To Get $6M In Race Bias Suit

Law360, New York (March 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A district court judge has awarded $6 million in damages to 75 white Chicago firefighters who accused the city of racially discriminating against them in a 1986 lieutenants' test.

The Chicago Firefighters Union, which filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1988, claimed the city had discriminated against white firefighters by adjusting their test scores under a policy of “race norming,” according to Linda Friedman, lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

“It was not a case about affirmative action,”...
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