Feds, City Tell Judge: Hiring Quota for Minorities in FDNY Is Bad Idea

John Marzulli, New York Daily News, January 2, 2010

The feds and the city agree on one thing in the bitter legal battle over discrimination in the FDNY: a judge should reject a proposal that six of every 10 new hires be black or Hispanic.

The hiring quota–proposed by the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of black firefighters–is overly broad, lawyers from the Justice Department’s civil rights division argue.

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Garaufis [Judge Nicholas Garaufis] ruled last year in response to a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department that two previous FDNY entrance exams discriminated against hundreds of minority candidates.

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The feds noted that on the illegal exams, only 9% of the applicants were black and 12% Hispanic.

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