Today's Date: February 21, 2024
Hawai‘i Community Foundation Awards Grant to Restore and Steward Kula Lands Burned by Wildfire   •   Type One Energy Collaborates with TVA, ORNL on Potential Fusion Prototype at Bull Run Plant   •   Helping Canadian creative businesses and organizations achieve financial success on the world stage   •   Energy Recovery Reports Record Full Year and Fourth Quarter Revenue for 2023   •   Amway Launches Powerful Redesigned Water Treatment System Aimed at Strengthening Consumer Health, Boosting Sustainability   •   AHF Honors and Remembers Indomitable AIDS Activist Hydeia Broadbent   •   Manifest Acquires Nerve To Democratize Banking For All Creators & Entrepreneurs   •   JILL HINTON PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF GOLDOLLER MANAGEMENT SERVICES   •   NTWRK Acquires Complex to Build Next Generation Content and Shopping Experience   •   Helping Canadian creative businesses and organizations achieve financial success on the world stage   •   MARK PETTIT RELEASES # 1 BEST-SELLING, HEART-WRENCHING MEMOIR "ANKRBOY"   •   Black Health Matters Winter Health Summit and Expo Returns to Atlanta   •   Evergreen Goodwill of Northwest Washington Announces New President and CEO Libby Johnson McKee   •   Why is skin disease often misdiagnosed and untreated in Black patients?   •   AYANNA STEPHENS OF BANK OF AMERICA NAMED TO FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS   •   Cross-Disciplinary Efforts Forge Solutions for Climate Crisis   •   California University of Science and Medicine Successfully Progresses With Accreditation from LCME   •   PPG ranked as leading paints and coatings manufacturer in 2024 Corporate Knights Clean200 list   •   Government of Canada and Mushkegowuk Council successfully complete feasibility assessment and take a major step toward officiall   •   Ziegler Prices Financing For The United Methodist Retirement Homes
Bookmark and Share

NAACP Victory In NJ Fire Dept Case

 
NEWARK, NJ - Recently, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey granted the NAACP’s motion for summary judgment in a disparate impact case challenging the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue’s (NHRFR) use of residency requirements for hiring.   The Court’s order grants plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction. It enjoins the “NHRFR from hiring candidates from its current Department of Personnel (DOP) list.” Currently, of the NHRFR’s 323 full time employees, only two are African American. Moreover, NHRFR is enjoined “from commencing hiring until it obtains a list from the DOP that expands the residency to include residents of Hudson, Essex and Union counties.”

NHRFR requires all qualified applicants to live in one of its five municipalities.  The municipalities include Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union, Weehawken and West New York. These municipalities are less than 4 percent African American. As a result of the residency requirement, residents of neighboring areas with large African American populations are ineligible for employment with the NHRFR. Such neighboring areas include Newark, East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City and Orange, New Jersey.

In its ruling, the Court found that the plaintiffs’ and the defendant’s expert reports established that the NHRFR’s residency requirement has a disparate impact upon African Americans. The court held that there was no “evidence supporting the NHRFR’s assertion that the residency requirement is necessary to the successful performance of the firefighter job functions”. Finally, the Court rejected the intervenor-defendants’ Ricci  v. DeStefano defense argument that the NHRFR would be liable for disparate treatment if the NHRFR expanded the residency requirement to the Tri-county area.

“This is major victory for racial and ethnic diversity,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “In the 21st century, our fire departments should reflect the diversity of this great nation."

“It is fundamentally unfair and irrational for municipalities to maintain residency requirements that have a disparate impact on African Americans and other minority groups,” said NAACP Interim General Counsel Laura D. Blackburne. “The court reached the right decision.”

“The court’s ruling will give qualified African Americans from neighboring cities the opportunity to join the NHRFR,” said NAACP New Jersey State Conference President James Harris.  “This is a major achievement for the civil rights community.”

David Rose of Rose & Rose, P.C. in Washington, D.C., Eugene F. Temmler of Rabner, Allcorn, Baumgart & Ben-Asher, P.C. in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, and the NAACP Legal Department in Baltimore, Maryland represent plaintiffs NAACP, NAACP New Jersey State Conference, Newark Branch NAACP, Allen Wallace, Lamara Wapples and Altarik White.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. 


STORY TAGS: BLACK , AFRICAN AMERICAN , MINORITY , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , NAACP , URBAN LEAGUE , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News