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Black FDNY Workers, Applicants Denied Class Status in Bias Suit

May 13, 2021, 3:57 PM

A group of Black workers who say New York City discriminates based on race in hiring, promoting, and paying civilian New York Fire Department employees failed to show the common issues or pattern of bias needed to pursue the case as a class action, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled.

The FDNY’s civilian workforce includes approximately 1,750 employees across six job groups and 92 job titles, and Annette Richardson and the seven other lead plaintiffs who sued the city in December 2017 pointed to statistical evidence that the department’s hiring, promotion, and pay practices have failed to “produce equal outcomes ...

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