Reverse Discrimination News
Chicago Firefighters Win Reverse Discrimination Suit for $2.3 Million or More! (05/18/02)
CHICAGO [AP]-- "Nine white firefighters won more than $2.3 million in back pay and
damages because their scores on a lieutenant's test were lowered 16 years ago because the
city wanted to promote minorities.
"A federal jury found Friday [May 17, 2002] that eight of the men would have attained
the rank of captain by now if they hadn't been passed over, and at least three of the men
would have been promoted to battalion chief after promotional exams this past February.
"The city lowered the scores of white firefighters to even the results of what was
believed to be a racially biased test in a practice called "race norming" - made
illegal by the 1991 Civil Rights Act. In 2000, a jury found the test fair and that the
city erred in lowering the scores of whites."
Judge James Holderman could also award pay for promotions eight of the firefighters would
have received if they'd been promoted at the time of the 1986 test.
"In a related case, 10 city
firefighters were awarded more than $2.2 million in damages in March. The judge added
$400,000 in interest based on pay they did not receive because they were not promoted.
"Damages must still be
decided for 35 firefighters a jury said were the victims of discrimination in a 1986 fire
lieutenant's exam, city law Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle said. As many as 75
other firefighters have filed claims against the city, but a ruling has not yet been made
about whether they were discriminated against, she said."
(Excerpted from the Associated Press story as published in the Seattle
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boss biased against white cops (04/13/01)
The Wentworth police district is on Chicago's South Side. The Commander is Marienne
Perry, a black woman. She has 24 years with the department, and she was promoted to
Commander in 1999. Ms. Perry is being charged with racially harassing white
subordinates as well as making public statements such as "when citizens walk into our
station they expect to see a black face, not a white one!"
The Chicago Sun-Times reports: "Seven white supervisors in a South Side police
district are accusing their black commander of a pattern of reverse discrimination in
complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
"The officers said they filed the federal charges against Wentworth Cmdr. Marienne
Perry because an internal grievance they made about six months ago was not aggressively
The white cops have accused Commander Marienne Perry of giving preferential treatment to
black officers in promotions; launching more internal investigations against white
officers than against black officers; and making racially biased remarks against white
"She's gone so far as to make statements that when people of the 2nd District walk
into this station, they expect to see a black face," said Jeff Wilson, president of
the Chicago Police Lieutenants Association. But Perry denied the allegations, saying
she judges everyone by a standard of "decency, ethics and fair play. If they
meet the standard, they have no problem with me," she said.
The department has launched an internal investigation into the charges of reverse
The Chicago Sun-Times identified three of the complaining white officers as Lt. Diane
O'Sullivan, Sgt. Jan Roche and Sgt. Al Cain.
"This has been the worst 1 1/2 years of my life," said one of them, asking not
to be identified. "She is racist against white officers. There's a double
standard." Another officer added: "You can't work." This
officer implied that race was Commander Perry's motivation for second-guessing every
decision by white officers while she was supportive of decisions of black officers.
The Sun-Times reported that seven white lieutenants have left the district in the
last 19 months because of harassment from Perry, the complaints said.
Also according to the Sun-Times, the spin-meisters within the South Side's Wentworth
station are already offering the "equal opportunity harasser" defense:
Commander Marienne Perry, they say, doesn't just treat white officers badly, she treats everyone
badly. It is a common defense in reverse discrimination cases. Perry's
defenders say the departure of white officers from the district is a result "of her
abrasive management style."
- Black Commander Perry reassigned white desk
sergeants and replaced them with black desk sergeants.
- Perry gave black officers preferential treatment
in performance ratings. In one case, a white sergeant rated a black officer at 81
(the black officer was the lowest performer on the shift). Cmdr. Perry later raised
the black officers rating to 93 without talking to the sergeant.
- Perry also is blamed for initiating baseless
internal investigations against white officers due solely to their skin color.
- At a Chicago parade, Ms. Perry told a Town Hall
District white tactical sergeant: "Don't ever come back to this parade unless you
have people of color on your tact team" according to the Sun-Times.
- The Sun-Times story reports that the president of
the Chicago Police Lieutenants' Association, Jeff Wilson, thinks that Cmdr. Perry and some
other black commanders have been "promoted beyond their competency level because of
pressure to increase minority participation. These people sometimes choose to
discriminate against white members of the Police Department," he said.
(Based on the April 13, 2001 Chicago Sun-Times
story by Frank Main and Fran Speilman)
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Firefighters Forced to Attend Political
Re-education Camp (12/22/98)
"The thought that you can correct the deep-seated racial problems (in two hours) is
pretty weak," said one female officer. Another white male lieutenant reported
"I think it's a farce myself that they put all these fire companies out of service
for two hours to listen to some guy who has never been in a firehouse." The
instructor is being paid a whopping $130,000 to conduct these so-called diversity
trainings. Instructor Samuel Betances is a retired sociology professor from
Northeastern Illinois University who is of black and Puerto Rican heritage. The
Windy City lamely hopes that helping make Mr. Betance wealthy will somehow "help heal
the racial divisiveness" in a department that is 75% white and which has experienced
many reverse discrimination lawsuits. It has not occurred to the Chicago FD that
resorting to "fair and equal treatment under the law without regard to race"
just might be a far less expensive and far more effective solution!
(Based on the story in the Chicago Tribune, Metro
Section, by Andrew Martin, 12/22/98)
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Firemen exchange charges in race case (01/27/99)
"A Chicago Fire Department battalion chief lashed out at the city Monday for
reassigning him based on the word of a fire captain." Battallion Chief John
Marolda, who is white, feels Capt. Curtis Powell, who is black, is playing the race card
against Marolda out of revenge for writing up Powell for a violent act in the station
(which was witnessed and attested to by several others).
"On Sept. 12, Powell was written up on physical violence charges after nine
colleagues at Engine No. 96, 429 N. Waller, witnessed him picking a fight with a
firefighter attempting to use the kitchen stove. 'A firefighter was cooking
something to eat and Capt. Powell pushed him away from the stove. Powell said it was his
stove. It's the city's stove--not his stove. A vicious verbal argument ensued and I was
told about it later that evening,' Marolda said.
" 'I told the members if that's what happened, make out your forms to me and I'll
start the investigation. The following day, I recommended that a physical violence charge
be placed against Capt. Powell and the district chief agreed. Two days later, I was
charged with racial harassment.'
"Marolda and Lt. Marv Hagele have been reassigned to 'citywide' duty pending the
outcome of the Fire Department's internal investigation into Powell's race discrimination
charges. 'We're not being prosecuted. We're being persecuted,' said
(Based on the Chicago Sun-Times story
1/26/99 by Fran Spielman)
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Daley Blames Racial Tensions on Long
Fire Shifts! (01/23/99)
"Mayor Daley scoffed at a union leader's suggestion that [racial] tensions at Engine
96 at 429 N. Waller stemmed from the city's decision to promote minorities at the expense
of higher-scoring whites. 'When you quarter people 24 hours a day in a setting, it
becomes very difficult on each other's nerves,' the mayor told reporters.
The facts suggest that Daley is dreaming. The white firefighters in the department
frequently and publicly object to such racially-preferential practices as adjusting
minority firefighters scores upwards if they dont initially pass the exam.
Minorities claim this creates a hostile work environment, while whites contend that using
racial quotas creates a hostile work environment for them!
Conversely, minority firefighters
object to the white firefighters practice of posting news articles which are
uncomplimentary toward the use of racial quotas and preferences. The Mayor should
listen to the union leader: getting back to qualifications without regard to skin
color will do a lot more to solve racial tensions than shortening the shifts.
(Based on the Chicago Sun-Times story
12/23/99 by Fran Spielman)
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Tribune Article Condemns
Re-Instatement of Firefighters (01/02/99)
28 Chicago firefighters attended a party at a firehouse in 1990. Unfortunately for
them a videotape was made of portions of the party which video allegedly showed inebriated
firefighters using racial slurs and exposing themselves. A minority agent of the
city, operating without a judicially-authorized search warrant, 'leaked' a copy of
the tape, and as a result 7 firefighters were fired, and 21 were suspended. For a
party. The good news for the disciplined firefighters is that the city failed to
observe the statutory requirement that charges be brought within 6 months, so arbitrator
Edwin Benn has ordered the city to rehire the illegally fired firefighters, and has
further ordered that the city award back pay to everyone who was disciplined in this
case. The Tribune, and others, bandy about allegations that inebriated firefighters
went out on fire calls after the beer blast, but neither the Tribune nor the minority
special interests who originated this complaint have offered any Blood Alcohol Content
(BAC) test results to back up this wild claim.
(Based on the Chicago Tribune story 01-02-99)
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9 White Firefighters Passed Over for
Less-Qualified Minorities (11/09/98)
In 1993 11 Blacks and four Hispanics who were less qualified than the white firefighter
applicants were given jobs in this Chicago FD. Nine "white" firefighters
were denied jobs even though they were more qualified. They sued the city for
reverse discrimination. On Nov. 9, 1998 the Supreme Court ruled against the
Constitutional protection of these "white" firefighters against racial
(Based on the PostNet News story 11/09/98)
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Mayor Daley, Jr. Thumbs Nose at EEOC;
Defends Racial Fire Dept. Policies (08/07/98)
Like his father, Mayor Daley, Jr. doesn't have much use for federal interference in the
operation of his city! EEOC is so peeved at Daley's resistance to racial quotas,
they're threatening to sic Bill Lann Lee's Justice Department on him! The EEOC wants
the city to engage in what Daley calls "social promotions" solely for purposes
(Based on the Chicago Sun Times story 8/7/98 --
link no longer available.)
Chicago FOP Sues to Halt Reverse-Racist
Promotions Scheme (08/06/98)
The Windy City's Police Dept. doesn't seem to like police test scores for hiring and
promotion; they prefer something they call "merit promotions" which take race
into account. The Fraternal Order of Police thinks its a back door attempt at racial
(Based on the Chicago Tribune story 8/6/98)
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Illinois (Highland Park): ACLU Forces Highland Park Police to Racially Profile
Police departments around the country are dropping like flies before the war-cry of
"racial profiling". The latest casualty is the Highland Park Police
Department. Two black residents lodged an unsubstantiated complaint that they had
been "racially profiled" by the police. The ACLU threatened Highland Park
with years of legal harassment, and the city caved in. Now, as part of a
"mutually agreeable" consent decree, Highland Park Police are (a) forced to
racially profile all citizens they stop; (b) report those racial profiles to the
ACLU; and (c) all officers must attend political re-education (diversity training, aka
cultural sensitivity training).
Neither the ACLU nor the Highland Park Police have publicly offered any proof that
officers ever engaged in any racially discriminatory behavior. (Adversity.Net
special report 07/14/00)
(State): 5,000 White Males Illegally Rejected by
Illinois State Police Since 1975!
(Horror Stories, Case 10, this site): (April 7, 1998) U.S. District
Court Judge Harry Leinenweber strikes down Illinois practice of giving blacks and other
minorities preference on the State Police Entrance Exam. Illinois must now find the
5,000 rejected officers and offer them the chance to re-apply.
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