New Haven (WTNH) - The
joining the fray surrounding reverse discrimination claims inside
the New Haven Fire Department.
Dozens of black firefighters gathered in New Haven today to
support the city in a lawsuit now before the United State's Supreme
"Because diversity in firefighting is a matter of national
security," said Gary Tinney, of the New Haven Firebird Society.
The case before the highest court involves the so-called New
Haven 20-19 white and one Hispanic.
The firefighters are claiming reverse discrimination saying
they were denied promotions because of the color of their skin.
In 2003, the city gave tests to determine promotions with
many white firefighters getting the highest scores.
The city threw out the scores in favor of promoting a more
diverse group of firefighters. The civil lawsuit claims the results
should stand and their lawyer said this in January.
Association of Black Professional Firefighters says how the
high court rules could have a ripple effect on fire service across
"This case stands for equal opportunity at the work place and
for freedom against discrimination in testing and promotional
examination," said Attorney John Briton.
[We] "are urging the supreme court to do the right thing for the
people of this community, this country," Tinney said.