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Firefighters allege reverse discrimination

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2008
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A reverse discrimination suit filed Tuesday in federal court against the Indianapolis Fire Department is the second bias claim made against the city in a year.

The newest suit in the Southern District names 20 white firefighters who allege they were passed over for promotions to lieutenant and captain in favor of less-qualified black candidates. The case is Glen Scott, et al. v. City of Indianapolis, et al.

Brought by 19 men and a woman, the suit names the city and Indianapolis Fire Department Chief James Greeson as defendants. Plaintiffs want back pay, damages, and changes to the department's promotion process.

The suit says the IFD ranked candidates based on test scores and interviews, but didn't fairly look at ranks in making promotions to captain and lieutenant spots.

Unlike a previously filed suit initiated by Indianapolis police officers last year, this latest suit doesn't have support of the U.S. Department of Justice. In July, the DOJ sued the city on allegations that six white officers where discriminated against when denied promotions while white female officers and black male officers were promoted. The EEOC investigated both departments' cases. That case is pending in the Southern District and is set for a status conference March 17.
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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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