Lawyers: FDNY needs monitoring of hiring practices

By the Associated Press | August 1, 2011 | 2:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers representing a black fraternal organization at New York City's fire department say a special monitor is needed to ensure discriminatory hiring practices don't continue.

The Vulcan Society is arguing the need for independent oversight. It wants improved test preparation for all candidates and changes to the FDNY screening process.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis (GEHR'-ah-fuhs) has already decided the city's firefighter entrance exam discriminated against minorities.

Garaufis heard testimony Monday that black candidates with minor arrest records tended to be cut while white applicants with records were allowed on the job.

More than half of the city's population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority. However, only 9 percent of the more than 11,000 uniformed firefighters are black or Hispanic.