Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Black Firefighters Settle Lawsuit over Promotional Exams

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Black Firefighters Settle Lawsuit over Promotional Exams

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ST. LOUIS * A black firefighters organization and the city of St. Louis have settled a 2015 lawsuit over disputed promotion exams.

The settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis Tuesday, was designed to ensure that future promotional exams for captain and battalion chief positions "do not unlawfully discriminate against any promotional candidate or candidates on the basis of race." It also seeks to make the exam process transparent with a goal of ensuring that future exams "are perceived ... as valid, fair, and nondiscriminatory."

The original suit, filed in 2015 by more than 130 black firefighters and the Firefighters Institute for Racial Equality, claimed that the promotional exam was racially discriminatory, particularly as it applied to candidates for captain.

Joe D. Jacobson, one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit, called the settlement a "major" development. …

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