Tag Archives: disparate impact

Cleveland Lieutenants Allege Disparate Impact Bias on Captain’s Exam

Twenty-four fire lieutenants with the Cleveland Fire Department are suing the city alleging that the results of a recent captain’s exam produced such a statistical imbalance that it violates federal anti-discrimination guidelines. While such an claim, referred to as disparate impact discrimination, is hardly precedent setting, what is unusual is that white firefighters are making it.

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Settlement Reported in Jacksonville Race Discrimination Suits

Jacksonville has reportedly reached a tentative settlement of three fire department promotion-based race discrimination lawsuits. The three suits were brought by the US Department of Justice and the EEOC and allege disparate impact discrimination in the department’s promotional process between 2004 and 2011.

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Mass Civil Service Commission Overturns Lieutenant’s Discipline

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has overturned the suspension of a Rockland Fire Department lieutenant, and in the process raised questions about favoritism and racism in the department. Lt. Craig Erickson was initially disciplined over an incident when a mutual aid response as a RIT to a working structure fire was delayed as personnel argued over who was to respond.

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Buffalo Fire Argues That Four Decades is Enough

In 1974, the US DOJ filed suit against Buffalo alleging the fire department’s hiring process was discriminatory. What followed was nearly forty years of court mandated hiring quotas overseen by Judge John T. Curtin. Now the city is seeking to end the court mandated hiring quotas and bring Judge Curtin’s role in hiring to an end...

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More Racial Allegations in New Haven

New Haven is back in the Fire Law news with word that firefighter Michael Briscoe has filed a race discrimination complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities against IAFF Local 825. You may recall, in 2009 Briscoe ...

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Settlement Announced in FDNY Discrimination Suit

In breaking news, a settlement has been announced in the contentious seven-year-old race discrimination suit involving the FDNY. The suit was brought by the United States Department of Justice at the request of the Vulcan Society and numerous African American ...

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Buffalo Prevails in Race Discrimination Suit

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision yesterday in a complicated race discrimination case involving the Buffalo Fire Department and the Men of Color Helping All Society, Inc., (M.O.C.H.A). MOCHA sought to challenge promotional examinations for ...

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