New York, New York (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
Civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman congratulates the newest New York City firefighters on their graduation from the fire academy. Joining the 148-year-old institution were 242 new Probationary Firefighters. According to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY 12.5.13) the class was the most diverse in FDNY history, with 62 percent of its members identifying as minorities.
The class of firefighters is 24 percent black and 36 percent Hispanic, said the FDNY.
Over the past 12 years, the fire department has doubled the number of minorities with its recruiting efforts, said CBS News (11.5.13). The FDNY made its ranks more diverse over time after a federal judge ordered the city to reform its hiring practices. Before the order, the fire department was close to 90 percent white.
“This increased minority hiring enables the fire department to better reflect the City’s demographic population,” said Perecman.
In 2010, the Fire Department was ordered to create a new entrance exam and reform its recruiting and hiring practices after the Vulcan Society, a black firefighters group, complained that the exams were biased against minority applicants. The judge in this case, United States of America v. City of New York, was Nicholas G. Garaufis of United States District Court Eastern District of New York (Case 1:07-cv-02067-NGG–RLM).
According to the law, information that should not be factored into the decision making process when job seekers are evaluated during the hiring process, include age, sex, religion, disability, race, and national origin.
“Employers must not discriminate against potential employees based on protected characteristics,” said Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm. “New York has zero tolerance for discrimination.”
The CBS News article cited is “Minority-Dominated Class Graduates From New York Fire Academy.”
Lawsuits concerning racial discrimination have been filed against a number of companies. Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation, including race profiling or discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York including discrimination in the workplace and hate crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."