A discrimination case that has spanned seven years finally came to a close yesterday in New York City. The city settled a $98 million lawsuit in the case that alleged discrimination in FDNY hiring practices. The money will go towards back pay and benefits to minority firefighter hopefuls. But under the terms of the agreement, the city doesn’t have to acknowledge any intentional FDNY discrimination.
“The brave men and women of the FDNY work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm’s way – and our administration is committed to ensuring every New Yorker who seeks to take on this heroic role has a fair opportunity to join the ranks. This administration is fully committed to promoting diversity and equal access in every sector across our five boroughs, and this settlement will move New York City one step closer to this goal,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We’re pleased this case has been settled and look forward to our next firefighter exam when we hope to attract even more people of color than the 19,000 who took the last test in 2012,” said Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano.
The agreement with the Vulcan Society of black firefighters will also executive position for diversity.
“Our side is particularly happy because the new administration appears to be open and willing to recognize that there has been a problem over decades and that it’s time to make changes, and that has been very encouraging,” Richard Levy, an attorney for the Vulcan Society, told 1010 WINS.