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