Thirteen White Police Officers Sue City for Racial Discrimination

Thirteen white police officers are suing the City of San Francisco for alleged discrimination due to their race and refusing to give them promotions in favor of minority candidates. . .

The lawsuit challenges a “test-scoring method that the city adopted in 1979 in response to a lawsuit from a group representing black and female officers, who alleged discrimination in hiring and promotions,” according to Time Magazine.

Time Magazine also reports that Mullanax argued before the court, “In 2016, the department promoted three black sergeants, even though their scores were lower than those of 11 white candidates who were denied promotions.”

The police department defended its methods. John Coté, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Police Department “uses lawful, merit-based civil service examinations in making promotions. The method is “designed to provide qualified individuals with the chance for advancement while ensuring fair treatment without regard to race, gender, religion, age or other status.” . . .

In 2003, a similar lawsuit was settled on behalf of a group of white police officers for a whopping $1.6 million doled out by the city. (Read more from “Thirteen White Police Officers Sue City for Racial Discrimination” HERE)

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