|Print this story|
Four federal court appointees have until April 12 to make their recommendations to a Brooklyn judge as to how to mete out approximately $128 million the city was ordered to pay to a pool of more than 2,000 minority candidates who were discriminated against by the FDNY.
In his 64-page decision rendered earlier this month, U.S. Eastern District Judge Nicholas Garaufis named Steven Cohen, former counselor and chief of staff to then-U.S. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and three federal prosecutors as special masters in the case, which found the city Fire Department’s hiring practices to be discriminatory toward black and Hispanic applicants.
In previous rulings on the lawsuit, Garaufis called the under-representation of black and other minorities among the FDNY’s ranks as the “one persistent stain on the Fire Department’s record.”
According to the lawsuit, which was originally brought against the city by the federal government, thousands of black and Hispanic candidates who took either one of two written, multiple-choice exams between 1999 and 2007 are eligible for a portion of the millions in monetary relief, which was calculated in terms of lost or delayed wages.
The federal government estimated that there are 2,200 black and Hispanic applicants who are eligible to divide up the award.
Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.
©2012 Community Newspaper Group
|Print this story|
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.