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NYC Attempts to Remove Judge from FDNY Race Discrimination Case

City officials are looking to remove U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis from the race discrimination lawsuit over the New York Fire Department’s hiring practices, reported the New York Daily News (1/20/2012). In filed court papers, city attorneys argued that Garaufis ignored evidence, is being influenced by media, and is no longer showing neutrality, according to the New York Daily News.

“Reliable evidence is needed in the removal of a judge or the action may be perceived as a threat to the independence and integrity of the court system,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman. The judge had ruled that the city “intentionally discriminated” against minority firefighter candidates and failed to ensure that enough minorities were being hired, reported the New York Daily News.

Garaufis then appointed an independent monitor to oversee the efforts to make the NYPD more diverse, said the Wall Street Journal (1/21/2012). The New York race discrimination ruling against the FDNY came after the federal government and the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of black firefighters, sued the Fire Department of New York for race discrimination (Newsday 1/20/2012). The current percentage of blacks in the FDNY is 3% while the black population in New York City is closer to 24% (NYDN).

“While race discrimination has been an issue at the forefront of the media over the past number of years, and the catalyst of numerous claims, the practice has not come to an end,” said civil rights violation lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm and a civil rights violation lawyer for over 30 years.

Race discrimination cases throughout New York require legal representation from experienced New York civil rights violation lawyers. The lawyers at The Perecman Firm are committed to protecting the civil rights of employees and have years of experience handling race discrimination claims. For more information, please contact The Perecman Firm.


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