Tests can be devised to weed out minorities, it's a remnant of Jim Crow that still exists.
There is nothing on the test that isn't garnered from studying the training manual. If they don't read the book or don't retain the info that's not a racist issue.
I am still reading...or, I will be in a bit, this is incredibly dry reading, I need a break.Although the parties dispute the exact racial breakdown of
candidates passing the Captainís test,7 plaintiffs do not dispute
that the results showed a racially adverse impact on African-
American candidates for both the Lieutenant and Captain
positions, as judged by the EEOC Guidelines. Pl. L.R. 56 Stmt. ∂
246; Def. L.R. 56 Stmt. ∂ 246. Thus, it is necessarily
undisputed that, had minority firefighters challenged the results
of the examinations, the City would have been in a position of
defending tests that, under applicable Guidelines, presumptively
had a disparate racial impact.
This quote I do find interesting. It is from the document from the original court ruling. As I read through this, I am more and more convinced the problem is with the law, not with the ruling.
It's in there, though I am about half through and not scrolling backward and losing my place to find the quote.
Edited to add: oh, and it will be multiple laws, the firefighters filed based on a number of things, including suing for emotional distress.
Last edited by Redress; 05-27-09 at 03:15 PM. Reason: completeness