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Atlanta Jury Finds Problem with Investigation of Promotional Exam

Yesterday, a Fulton County jury found that Atlanta Fire Rescue failed to fully investigate allegations of cheating on a 2010 promotional exam. The suit was brought by three Atlanta firefighters claiming that certain black firefighters were coached and given access to exam materials prior to the test.

The three plaintiffs, two white and one black firefighters, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all of the firefighters who took the lieutenant’s exam in April, 2010. They alleged that one study group of five firefighters were provided with answers, and that the city’s Human Resources department performed a superficial investigation that simply covered-up the cheating.

The five accused firefighters all scored within the top 8 on the exam. The city’s attorney criticized the ruling and the plaintiffs’ case  claiming it “basically centered on the idea that you couldn’t be an African-American in 2010 and do well on a test.”

Promotions based on the test results have been on hold, and it is unclear at this point whether a retest will be required. The parties are due back in court of March 8, 2012.

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  • Lilly

    they cheated…i know one of them and he admitted it….it’s just a shame they got caught.

  • RJ

    Kinda reminds you of the Ct. case where "not enough blacks passed the test so nobody gets promoted" case

    this kind of coaching goes on everywhere. its kind of the fire department's "dirty little secret" which is why i like third party testing which STILL is no asurence because the "folks that do the promoting" still have the final say but third party does encourage a level playing field