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FDNY discrimination could cost city $128m

TROUBLE: FDNY discrimination could Cost New York City $128m

BLACK FIREMEN who sued New York City’s fire department (NYFD) for discriminating against them could reportedly receive more than $128m in back wages.

US district judge, Nicholas Garaufis, ordered that NYFD hire 293 black and Latino workers, after it was proved in court last year that the firefighter hiring test 'was being used to intentionally discriminate against black and hispanic applicants'.

It has also been reported that in New York only nine percent of the 11,200 uniformed firefighters are from an ethnic minority group.

Thursday's ruling comes after nearly four years of litigation and the payments will be split up among 2,200 minority applicants from 1999 and 2002, according to The New York Times.

Captain Paul Washington, a member of a fraternity of black firefighters, told The Times: "The Vulcan Society has been fighting for almost 75 years to open the doors of the Fire Department to black firefighters."

He added: "This is a great victory for those who have been excluded from serving our city because of their race."

A spokesperson from NYFD have yet to make an official statement on the lawsuit.

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