Firefighters claim Chicago suburb wanted black department

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Four white part-time firefighters have sued the village of Dolton for racial discrimination after the town’s fire department promoted two black firefighters to full-time positions over white candidates with better qualifications. The plaintiffs claim Dolton Fire Chief Jerry McCullough told them, “If you’re not black, you’re not getting hired.”

The promoted firefighters did not meet two-year, part-time employment requirements and did not pass the written test, the lawsuit claims. The plaintiffs accuse Dolton officials of doctoring documents to get village trustees’ approval for hiring the black candidates.

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