Those interested in continued physical training for the 111 group: Training and conditioning is available at:
Elliott Donnelley Youth Center
3947 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Training is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays From 7:00pm – 9:00pm Until February 28th 2012
The Boot Camp Guy
…is offering 5 free lessons for people who are trying to become part of the 111
“The Boot Camp Guy”
Certified Personal Trainer
9715 S. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
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City to pay $30 million, hire 111 black firefighters
Chicago will hire 111 bypassed black firefighters by March 2012 and pay at least $30 million in damages to some 6,000 others who will never get that chance, under a court order expected to be approved Wednesday by a federal judge.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed that African-American candidates did not wait too long before filing a lawsuit that accused the city of discriminating against them for the way it handled a 1995 firefighter’s entrance exam.
A federal appeals court affirmed that ruling in May and remanded the case back to the trial court to implement a hiring remedy the city had been stalling.
Now, both sides have agreed on that plan and how it should be implemented.
“We’re extremely pleased that, after all these years, this long-running legal fight is coming to an end,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Matt Piers.
Noting that Chicago taxpayers are liable for an additional $500,000 in back pay for every month the hiring is delayed, Piers said, “The attitude of the Emanuel administration has been to attempt to resolve this as quickly as possible.”
The court order, to be presented to U.S. District Judge Joan Gotschall on Wednesday, calls for the city begin by sending postcards to all 6,000 black bypassed black candidates.
Those who indicate they are still interested in becoming Chicago firefighters will be entered into a “jobs lottery” to identify 750 candidates who will take a physical abilities test in October and undergo background checks, drug tests and medical exams.
From that group, the city will select 111 candidates who will enter the fire academy for training by the end of March 2012.
Would-be firefighters who have moved on to other careers or choose to bypass the jobs lottery for other reasons will receive cash awards of at least $5,000 per person. Chicago taxpayers will also be on the hook for $10 million to $20 million in back pension contributions for those who get jobs. That means the total cost could approach $50 million.
The Chicago Fire Department’s age limit for new hires is 38, but that will not apply to the 111 black firefighters because the discrimination occurred before the cut-off was established.
“I don’t think we’ll have a problem coming up with 111 who still want the job and are fully qualified to have it,” said Joshua Karsh, another attorney representing the plaintiffs.
“Some of these people are older than 38. But, better than half the department is older than 38.”
When results from the 1995 entrance exam were disappointing for minorities, the city established a cut-off score of 89 and hired randomly from the top 1,800 “well-qualified” candidates.
In 2005, a federal judge ruled that the city’s decision had the effect of perpetuating the predominantly white status quo, since 78 percent of those ‘“well-qualified’’ candidates were white.
Currently 19 percent of Chicago’s 5,000 firefighters and paramedics are African-American. The force is 68 percent white and 11 percent Hispanic.
“By comparison to the Police Department, African-Americans are dramatically under-represented. There will [now] be 111 additional African-Americans. That’s a very good thing,” Karsh said.
He added, “This is the remedy for violating the law. Hopefully, this will deter the city from ever violating the law in this fashion again.”
Lewis v. City of Chicago
Black Applicants that took the 1995 Entry Exam for The Chicago Fire Department
The Courts has ruled that The City of Chicago has to Hire 111 Black Applicants and pay Damages to the other 5,889 Black Men and Women that took this 1995 Entry Exam
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|These are the lawyers that actually fought the case. They are collecting information as wellHope this helps. Lewis Firefighter Case Background
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee filed a lawsuit in 1998 which argued that the Chicago Fire Department’s use of a very high cut score on the 1995 firefighter entrance exam discriminated against African Americans. We filed the case on behalf of African Americans who scored between 65 and 89 on the test. There are nearly 7,000 African Americans in the plaintiff class.
On March 22, 2005 Judge Gottschall ruled that the City’s use of the 89 cut score on the 1995 test was discriminatory. Specifically, the judge held that the City had not shown that the 1995 test effectively measured the skills it was supposed to measure (like the ability to learn from demonstration) or that performance on the 1995 test predicted performance in the Fire Academy or on the job. She also found that performance on the video portion of the 1995 exam hinged on one’s ability to take notes–an ability that was not important to being a good firefighter.
What does this mean? We have won the most important part of the case, but the case is not over. The City may choose to appeal Judge Gottschall’s decision. If it does, we will defend Judge Gottschall’s decision in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. It will likely take six months or longer to brief the appeal and to get a decision. If we win in the Seventh Circuit, we will still need to have a hearing before Judge Gottschall to determine what remedy is proper. We have argued that a proper remedy should include both back pay and jobs.
No decision has been made as to who will get any back pay or jobs provided in a remedy. Those decisions will be made by the judge, after the City’s appeal has been decided. If settlement discussions occur, the parties will negotiate over these back pay and hiring issues. At the moment, no settlement negotiations are taking place.
UPDATE ON THE LEWIS CASE
On Wed April 27, 2005 we appeared before the judge in the case and asked for a few weeks to explore the possibility of settlement. It is too soon to say whether we will be able to settle the case, but we will of course negotiate for both jobs and for back pay relief. No one has yet decided how any back pay settlement would be distributed or how jobs might be allocated if the case should settle. If it looks like the City is interested in serious discussions of settlement, we will have another meeting of the class and will post the meeting information on this website. We will also call all class members for whom we have contact information to provide notice of the meeting.
The next status with the judge is May 11, 2005 at 9:30.
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