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New York detectives file suit over racial discrimination

A police department is under fire for its allegedly discriminatory promotion practices. In a recently filed suit, multiple black detectives allege that they were passed over for promotions despite excellent performances. The New York City Police Department has not responded to the claim that it purposely promoted white detectives over their black peers, even when they were less qualified.

In 2011, three detectives went to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with their discrimination complaint. The EEOC released a 2016 report that indicated black detectives were treated unequally when compared to their white peers, although it is unclear why it came five years after the initial complaint. This report backed up the detectives' claims that, despite receiving recommendations from superiors, they were victims of racial discrimination.

One of the detectives highlighted his career successes in the lawsuit. During his time with the NYPD, he never received any complaints, never required any disciplinary action and went 24 years without calling in sick. He also received 35 different department honors and was consistently praised during evaluations. He claims that despite his admirable work history, lesser-qualified white detectives were promoted instead.

Only two of the three detectives who originally complained, one died and is now represented by his surviving wife on his behalf. These types of workplace discrimination lawsuits can be effective at achieving just compensation for workers who have been treated unjustly by employers. However, discrimination claims can help more than just those who have been immediately affected. By pursuing claims against discriminatory employers and policies, victims can help create a better workplace environment for people in New York.

Source: opposingviews.com, "Black Detectives Sue NYPD For Racial Discrimination", Sarah Zimmerman, Sept. 26, 2017

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