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MBG and U.S. Department of Justice Attorneys Bring Anti-Discrimination Lawsuit Against Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department

Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department.
Image Credit: Rick Wilson, Florida Times-Union

Miner, Barnhill & Galland (in coordination with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice) represents the NAACP in this federal civil rights lawsuit against the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD). The plaintiffs — i.e., the United States, NAACP, and several African-American firefighters — allege that the JFRD has administered discriminatory and unlawful promotional tests for many years, which has led to a near-absence of African Americans in the ranks of Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain and District Chief.

The case is pending in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In 2015, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan ruled that the promotional examinations had a discriminatory impact on African-American test-takers. The court held that, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the burden now shifts to JFRD to prove that the examinations are job-related and consistent with business necessity.

Courtney HudsonMBG and U.S. Department of Justice Attorneys Bring Anti-Discrimination Lawsuit Against Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department