FDNY Captain Who Testified on Racial Harassment in the Workplace, Supported by New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer David Perecman


New York civil rights lawyer David Perecman comments on the allegations of racial harassment at the New York Fire Department.

Captain Paul Washington, a black FDNY official, recently testified in federal court about the rampart racism in the fire department.

According to the New York Daily News, Washington detailed several incidents of racism in the workplace.

He cited one instance of racial harassment in New York that occurred shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, when a flier announcing a memorial service for black firefighters who died at the World Trade Center was defaced at a Brooklyn firehouse.

Washington recalled someone had written "What about the white guys," across the flier.

The antagonist added a list of black entertainers, including The Jackson 5, Gary Coleman, Fat Albert, Buckwheat, Tupac Shakur and P Diddy.

“The right to work without being harassed because of race

belongs to all people. Standing up for your rights is a sign that you are not willing to be a victim of discrimination in the workplace,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights lawyer with over 30 years of experience defending employee rights in workplace discrimination cases.

However, New York civil rights lawyers understand that complaining about the racist incidents would make a firefighter "effectively ostracized," and “shunned” by colleagues.

The U.S. Department of Justice, along with the New York Vulcan Society, won a suit against the city last year in federal court, which commanded the city to change its fire department entrance exam and hiring practices.

The Vulcan Society, is a fraternal organization for black firefighters who have historically fought interdepartmental prejudice.

“People should receive equal treatment, without regard to color, race, gender, national origin, or religion, which is in alignment with the New York City’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy,” said New York civil rights lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.

Numbers available to New York’s civil rights violation lawyers show that the FDNY is only 3 percent black. Blacks represent a quarter of New York City’s population.

“The FDNY needs to look at what is truly important; Public safety should be prioritized over race,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman. “People who need help do not care what race fire fighters are. They don’t care what race policemen are. What matters is those rescuers provide help.”

Race discrimination cases throughout New York require legal representation from experienced New York civil rights violation lawyers. The lawyers at The Perecman Firm are committed to protecting the civil rights of employees and have years of experience handling race discrimination claims.

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