A white fire captain has filed suit against the city of Philadelphia claiming reverse discrimination.
Fire Captain Lawrence Boyle, a 19 year veteran, took the civil service examination for battalion chief and despite never being provided with the results was removed from the promotional eligibility list. He alleges that “promotions for the position of Fire Battalion Chief were based on race and systematically favored black candidates over better-qualified white candidates. Boyle was one of the white candidates denied promotion because of his race.”
The complaint filed last Friday in US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania contains just two counts, one alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the other a Constitutional claim based on a violation of the 14th Amendment.
Here is a copy of the complaint. Boyle v Philadelphia