De Blasio Settles FDNY Racial Discrimination Suit For $98 Million

March 2014

Ending a long legal saga that began back in 2005, the de Blasio administration has agreed to pay approximately $98 million in back pay, fringe benefits and interest to FDNY applicants who took two civil service exams found to be discriminatory against African American and Hispanic applicants.

The lawsuit was filed by the Vulcan Society of black firefighters in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's challenge the city’s use of the written exams; a Brooklyn federal judge ruled that the tests were discriminatory and screened out black and Hispanic applicants at a higher rate than whites. But an appeals court overturned that decision last May and ordered a retrial.

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March 18, 2014