FDNY Discrimination Trial Begins

NY 1 - August 09, 2011

Lawyers for the city began to tell a federal judge Monday about what's being done to fix a discriminatory hiring process in the fire department.

A federal judge had ruled that entrance exams to join the FDNY favored whites over blacks and Hispanics. The two groups make up only 9 percent of the department.

An FDNY assistant commissioner testified Monday that she eliminated photos from the application process to try to avoid any discrimination.

The plaintiff, the Vulcan Society, which is a fraternal black firefighter organization, says the city is not doing enough to eliminate bias.

The judge ordered Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano to testify Tuesday.