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Former FDNY Candidate Claims Racially Tainted Application and Review Process

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New York Civil Rights Lawyer Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., alleges in an amended federal complaint that former FDNY candidate Andre J. Laurant, was subjected to racial discrimination during the application and review process for the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York

New York, NY, February 9, 2018 – According to the lawsuit, former FDNY candidate Andre J. Laurant alleges the application and review process including evaluating an applicant’s prior employment history, arrest and conviction records if used “objectively” is essential to determine suitability for appointment to the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York.

“Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits the application and review process including evaluating an applicant’s prior employment history, arrest and conviction records designed to, or that has a tendency to, discriminate based upon race,” says Laurant.

In 1978, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) adopted the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (“UGESP”) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Laurant alleges the “UGESP” provides uniform guidance for employers to ensure their testing and selection procedures are in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, theory of disparate impact. According to the lawsuit, Laurant alleges the City of New York as an employer, upon information and belief, is not in compliance with the “UGESP.”

Laurant alleges that he was a candidate for the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York, Examination No.: 2000, List No.: 0262. According to the lawsuit, Examination No.: 2000, was administered under the supervision of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, pursuant to the litigation of the United States and Vulcan Society, et al. v. City of New York, 07 cv 2067, where it was alleged that the City of New York through its Candidate Investigation Division (CID) and Personnel Review Board (PRB) intentionally discriminated against African-American applicants during the application and review process for the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York.

As Laurant proceeded through the application and review procees, on or about March 18, 2013, former FDNY Emergency Medical Technician Joseph Cassano (Caucasian Male) the son of former FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano resigned after evidence surfaced that he has an extensive history of posting racist, anti-Semitic comments on Twitter, according to the lawsuit. During the controversy, former FDNY Fire Commissioner Cassano claimed, he was extremely disappointed in the comments posted online by his son Joseph, which did not reflect the values including a respect for all people that are held by he, his family and the FDNY. According to the lawsuit, former FDNY Fire Commissioner Cassano further claimed, he has worked many years, as have so many people in the agency, to make the FDNY more diverse and inclusive. There is no place and he have no tolerance for statements that would harm the good reputation of the agency.

Laurant claims, after several attempts, the City of New York declined to appoint him to the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York.

Yet, approximately four years later on or about December 18, 2017, the City of New York appointed former FDNY Emergency Medical Technician Joseph Cassano to the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York despite evidence of his extensive history of racist, anti-Semitic postings on Twitter, according to the lawsuit. Laurant alleges, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the City of New York appointing Joseph Cassano to the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York claiming “he believes in redemption.” Moreover, claiming “he’d hire someone with Cassano’s history, nobody’s perfect and if the ground rule was one mistake and you can no longer participate in public life, there would be essentially no one left in public life.”

Laurant claims, despite his “mistakes” more than twenty years ago, unlike Joseph Cassano’s “mistakes” only four years ago, the City of New York have failed, neglected and refused to mark him “Qualified” and appoint him to the position of Firefighter, Fire Department City of New York to which he is entitled due to his race.

“Unfortunately, “Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated with the appointment of Joseph Cassano, there are no perfect candidates but despite the rulings in the United States and Vulcan Society, et al. v. City of New York, 07 cv 2067, the City of New York with the support of the Mayor continue to intentionally treat candidates differently due to their race,” says Eric Sanders.

Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., filed the amended federal complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, et al., 17 cv 5740, on February 8, 2018.

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