A Brooklyn court has extended an injunction preventing New York City from hiring new firefighters because existing hiring tests discriminate against minorities. The court proposed five alternative hiring plans that would bypass continued use of tests, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims all five require the city to use illegal quotas.
Currently, the FDNY is 89% white. A black firefighters group—the Vulcan Society—and the federal government sued the department in 2007. Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled in January that the city had engaged in a pattern of discrimination that goes back decades.
As a remedy, Garaufis offered the city the option of using test results from 2008, with the stipulation that the hiring pool and the new class of firefighters had to match the racial makeup of the applicants who took the test—60.7% white, 18.4% Hispanic and 17.4% black.
Note: If the city follows the de facto quotas the judge suggested, it could face more litigation from workers who lost jobs to lower-scoring applicants who got jobs solely because of their race.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/12635/bloomberg-court-lock-horns-over-firefighter-hiring "