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Syracuse’s Race, Sex Hiring Preferences End After 40 Years

Jan. 13, 2021, 8:25 PM

Syracuse, N.Y., can no longer use separate eligibility lists for Black and female applicants for positions with the police and fire departments, after the Northern District of New York found that a provision in a 40 year-old consent decree designed to remedy racial and gender discrimination in hiring violates federal civil rights law.

The consent decree runs afoul of the 1991 amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars the use of different cutoff scores for civil service exams on the basis of race and gender, the court found, partially dissolving the decree.

The provision...

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