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White Male Sparks LAFD Hiring Discrimination Probe

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 06:51 PM

A white male applicant for the Los Angeles Fire Department academy has triggered a state discrimination investigation over being passed over in favor of black and female candidates.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Robert F. Holmes, 34, an EMT working for the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission in Las Vegas, complained to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and has been interviewed by state investigators over his charge that he was unfairly passed over in the Los Angeles Fire Department's (LAFD) new hiring lottery. 

Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended hiring over charges of nepotism and unfair hiring practices in the department and hired the Rand Corporation to take on a $270,000 study on the LAFD's hiring practices, but when the study was delayed and new firemen were needed, the LAFD initiated a lottery hiring system.

However, under the system, minority applicants were guaranteed a certain number of slots in proportion to the number of minorities applying for the academy and that's where the trouble began.

"Sampling an applicant’s ethnicity before they even test doesn't sound right to me," Holmes told the Times. "If I'm not selected because my test scores aren't up there, I'm fine with that. I just think everybody should be able to test."

In the last training cycle, an L.A. Times article states, nearly one-quarter of all the applicants who passed a written test and were accepted for training had relatives in the department. 

Out of 70 recruits who made it into the training class, 21 had family members in the department, the Times reported.

Competition for the slots is stiff. Out of more than 10,000 applicants, only 300 slots were available. Of those, just 35 percent went to white male candidates.

City Personnel Department spokesman Bruce Whidden explained, "If you've got five percent women in the door, you've got five percent going to the test," the Times reported.

Holmes has stated that if his complaint does not have the desired result, he is considering taking the department to court.

Marie Lloyd, spokesman for the mayor's office, told the Times, "We remain firmly committed to reforming the Fire Department and its hiring process. The previous process was lacking in common sense and required a significant overhaul."

University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky told the Times that the way the lottery is set up, it may be in violation of state laws which forbid hiring quota systems.

"There's just no law to give a definitive answer," he said. "It looks a lot like a quota but there is nothing in a lottery that is discriminatory."

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