FDNY’s Discrimination Against Veterans
On September 19, 2017, DRA filed a class Charge of Discrimination against the City of New York and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) for discriminating against veterans applying for FDNY positions. The Charge is filed on behalf of an honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. It alleges that the FDNY illegally disqualified him from a Fire Fighter position, making statements that demonstrate a rejection based on stereotypes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Charge notes that veterans’ groups report that the FDNY is disqualifying veterans from FDNY Fire Fighter jobs without individual evaluation of whether they are qualified for the job. It asks the EEOC to investigate the discrimination on a class basis.
Veterans who have been disqualified from an FDNY position because of PTSD can contact Senior Staff Attorney Maia Goodell at (212) 644-8644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.