Friday, March 09, 2012

UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE: Judges orders $128 million paid in NYC firefighter bias case & forced hiring of hundreds of minorities


A U.S. district judge ordered New York City to pay $128 million in to firefighters who allege the city used an entrance exam that deliberately sought to keep African-Americans and Latino Americans off the force. The judge also ordered the FDNY to hire 293 black and Latino applicants.

"It has been in the city's power to prevent or remedy the need for damages proceedings for a decade, and it has not done so," U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garufis said in his ruling on the class action lawsuit. He called it the "consequences of the city's decision to ignore clear violations of federal law."

The federal government had sued the city (United States of America and Vulcan Society Inc. vs. City of New York) over fire department entrance exams they said discriminated against black and Latino applicants. A group of black firefighters alleged the city had intentionally discriminated against them, violating Title VII, the U.S. Constitution and state law.

The lawsuit alleged that the exams had little to do with firefighting and instead focused on cognitive and reading skills. Because of the hereditary nature of the fire department, white candidates were recruited and supported throughout the application process by family or neighborhood contacts and whites consistently passed while minority candidates failed.

"There has been one persistent stain on the Fire Department's record," the lawsuit said. "For decades, black and other minority firefighters have been severely underrepresented in the Department's ranks.

"According to the most recent census data, black residents make up 25.6% of New York City's population; when this case was filed in 2007, black firefighters accounted for only 3.4% of the Department's force. In other words, in a city of over eight million people, and out of a force with 8,998 firefighters, there were only 303 black firefighters.

"This pattern of underrepresentation has remained essentially unchanged since at least the 1960s. While the city's other uniformed services have made rapid progress integrating black members into their ranks, the Fire Department has stagnated and at times retrogressed."

Michael A. Cardozo, New York City's corporation counsel, disputed the decision. "We believe the court's latest opinion is erroneous and, in any event, is the first step in a lengthy process. As the court itself noted, any damages the city ultimately must pay will be reduced by the amount each member of the class earned. When all the proceedings have been completed, the damages, if any, that the city will have to pay will be far less than $128 million," he said.

In court documents, the city said of the judge's finding of bias: "Under the Court's faulty analysis, any rational jury would necessarily find that the City deliberately used facially neutral exams to suppress black employment even as it conducted a targeted multi-million-dollar minority recruitment campaign, enlisted Columbia University to study methods of maximizing FDNY diversity, increased the minority composition of its other uniformed services, engaged an expert with a mandate to design an improved exam, and devised a panoply of other devices to diversify the FDNY's ranks"

The lack of minorities in U.S. fire departments has been the focus of many lawsuits. The last available national figures, from the 2000 census, show 8.4% of the nation's firefighting forces to be black and 8.6% to be Latino. Blacks are 12.2% of the population; Latinos are roughly 16%. However, other big cities have made much faster progress at diversifying their ranks. More than half of the Philadelphia and Los Angeles fire departments members are black or Latino.

Lawyers for the firefighters who sued said the decision would mean payments to black and Latino applicants to the New York Fire Department who were never hired or hired late from the 1999 and 2002 eligibility lists that resulted from exams given those years.

Paul Washington, past president of the Vulcan Society, said: "The Vulcan Society has been fighting for almost 75 years to open the doors of the Fire Department to black firefighters. This is a great victory for those who have been excluded from serving our city because of their race. We hope the FDNY moves quickly to welcome the 293 Black and Latino applicants who are entitled to be hired, and we look forward to serving with them."

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

minorities are useless that's why the country is descending into chaos.

Anonymous said...

The good thing is they also need to be EMTs. Your standard shine can't spell EMT let alone pass the state test.

Anonymous said...

Fuck New York City! Fucking liberal hell! You cocksuckers deserve what you get. Quit fucking voting for democrats jagoffs! You motherfuckers who have to get smarter just to be stupid!

Anonymous said...

Make way for DUKE!!

Anonymous said...

Why cant the new fireman read or write??

Anonymous said...

We have Officers who just drive the wagon on midnights because they can't read or write.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully all 293 black and Latino force fed firefighters perish in some tragic blimp accident. No, not Goodyear. A GREAT year.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

Im an intellectual slave to a nigger boss I write up all his reports for special privileges.

Anonymous said...

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN ACTION!!

Anonymous said...

Reading and comprehension skills? I would say that is pretty damned important given the witches brew of chemicals often found in every building. This will get someone killed.

Anonymous said...

In the past, they complained when the tests were based on firefighting, so the white irish had an advantage because all their family members were firefighters.

Now they give a simple reading comprehension test and that is biased because it has nothing to do with firefighting????

The common thread is they are too dumb to pass any mental ability test! God forbid you want employees who can read and write.

Anonymous said...

Its the niggerfication of Amerika folks.Keep buying weapons and ammo!!!

Anonymous said...

That is so disappointing it just takes the wind out of your sails.The rhetoric is so tiresome,liberals blah..blah.... blah....but true. The country is getting sucked dry and any voice of reason or common sense is shouted down and labeled racist.Its such a shame the shot callers in this country are self -serving rich jerkoffs that have no connect to the real world.This just puts me in a state of despair and resignation.Wer'e Fucked.

Anonymous said...

The Illinois State Police were also guilty of excluding whites from testing in the 90's. That is why they have a lot of shitheads patrolling the highways.

Anonymous said...

So if there is a fire in NYC...

Will the trucks still show up without first stopping off at the chicken and waffles house or having the driver be distracted by talking to his baby mama on the cell phone instead of watching the road?

This lawsuit paves the way for when these black/beaner firemen complain that they are being mistreated for having to fight fire while on duty. They are going to say that they are being abused and forced to work in a hazardous work environment unfairly. They will win and get to spend each 24 hour shift on duty at the station house watching BET and shooting hoops or playing XBOX while the whites go and fight the fire. Still equal pay however for all.

Some of them might actually have to learn to read!

What is the new recruiting ad for the NYFD? "Join up! Fight fire even if you cannot spell Fire!*"

* persons of color only

I Voted For Obama said...

Judge Nicholas Garufis voted for Obama.

Anonymous said...

Wake your a dying breed hillbillies

Anonymous said...

"focused on cognitive and reading skills" so what your telling me and everyone else is, even though you cant read a simple 8th grade text in plain english you still EXPECT everyone to bend over and give you a job because of your race. how about this.....instead of shooting up your neighborhoods,selling drugs,and killing each other. go to school and learn how to read and write you fucking piece of shit

Anonymous said...

No longer is excellence the criteria for job hiring or promotion.
As long as gender, skin pigmentation or sexual orientation is used as the only requirement for the above, this Nation is on its decline to 3rd world status and oblivion.