Chicago Ordered to Hire 111 Black Firefighters
Chicago – state of equality and justice……..only if you’re Black that is. Here we have another article on Black Firefighters and claims of discrimination. In 1995, 26 000 people sat an employment test to become firefighters. The city picked candidates that had scored 89 or better, which only the White candidates achieved. So, what did the Black candidates do? Why, they sued the City of Chicago for disadvantaging them by only picking from the best scores – which were Whites of course – and won. So, as a result, 6 000 Black candidates will be paid damages, and 111 Black firefighter applicants must be hired! How’s that for equality and justice? Ain’t diversity grand if you’re a non-White? So much for calls for equal treatment from the Black community when they can use it to their own advantage when it suits them. My question is why have entrance exams at all – why not just hire Blacks when they apply as they’re going to be given a job come rain or sun? Diversity helps no one except the incompetent by rewarding them for something they have not earned. It’s job welfare 101. Exceptionalism is from a bygone era – nowadays, equal outcomes is more important. You only have to look at the USA Post Office as an example, where the work force is 45% Black, yet they make up only 13% of the population. The result? The USA PO is broke with a black hole of $2bn this quarter. But, karma sure can bite someone in the behind. Imagine when a house burns in Chicago and an IQ57 answers the call and makes stupid decisions which cost lives… those same lawyers that sued Chicago for discrimination against the Black candidates then sue Chicago again because of negligence by these same Black Affirmative Action appointees. Methinks Chicago is going to be paying for this decision for years to come…..but, hey, at least the liberals can feel warm and fuzzy for a while.
CHICAGO — The City of Chicago must hire 111 black firefighter applicants who were passed over for jobs years ago and pay tens of millions of dollars in damages to about 6,000 other black candidates under a ruling issued on Friday by a federal appeals court.
The decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is only the latest in a legal battle that began with a written employment test for firefighters more than a decade ago, wound its way to the United States Supreme Court by last year and remains a matter of division and concern among the city’s firefighters.
“For some of the people involved, this is a very emotional moment,” said Joshua Karsh, a lawyer who represented black applicants who accused the city of employment discrimination. “The city could have cleared this up a long time ago.”
In 1995, 26,000 people took an employment test to become firefighters.
The city said anyone who had scored above 65 was considered “qualified,” but chose its initial hires from random sets among candidates who scored 89 or better, a group it deemed “highly qualified,” court documents say.
But after complaints were filed, the city conceded that the 89-point cutoff created a “disparate impact” against black candidates — 6,000 of whom had gotten qualified scores — compared with white candidates, the documents show.
The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 last year that despite claims by the city, the group of black job candidates had not waited too long to file its lawsuit.
Still uncertain on Friday was precisely how the court’s decision would be carried out. Among the 6,000 black candidates who sought jobs, 111 of them — it is unclear for the moment which ones — will be given jobs after receiving physical tests and training.
Those who do not seek the jobs will split back pay that would have gone to the 111 had they been hired years ago.
Jennifer Hoyle of the Chicago Department of Law estimated that cost to be $30 million.
Mr. Karsh said he expected that the amount would be larger.
The costs come at a difficult time for the city, where some people are predicting a budget shortfall in the hundreds of millions of dollars next year.
A spokesman for Rahm Emanuel, who is to be sworn in as mayor on Monday, declined to comment on the ruling.
Still, Ms. Hoyle said the costs could have been greater. As part of the city’s efforts before the appeals court, it prevailed on the notion that the hiring of 21 additional firefighters, something contemplated during the proceedings, was not justified.
Gregory Boggs, president of the African-American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago, said that Friday’s decision was a victory, but that black firefighters still made up about only 18 percent of the force.
“All we’re asking for is to level out the playing field,” he said. “We waited 15 years on this, and we’re still not there.”