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  • New York City fire department firefighter John Coombs, left, president of Vulcan Society, a black firefighters' group that had sued the city over racial discrimination and FDNY Lt. Michael Marshall, right, participate in a news conference in New York to announce a settlement of the 7-year-old case, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. About 1,500 minorities who took New York City Fire Department entrance exams in 1999 and 2002,  that were found to be biased, will be eligible to receive back pay totaling $98 million and Marshall will serve as a diversity advocate.   (AP Photo/Warren Levinson)

    NYC fire department settles discrimination lawsuit

    About 1,500 minorities who took New York City fire department entrance exams that were found to be biased will be eligible to receive back pay totaling $98 million, a black firefighters' group that had sued the city over racial discrimination said Tuesday.

  • FDNY case undermines work ethic

    Federal Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Vulcan Society want minorities hired through a quota system instead of achieving the job on merit ("Justice Department undermines FDNY," Comment & Analysis, Monday). The judge attributed the ruling to the fact that a slightly lower percentage of minorities passed the firefighting entrance exam.

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