A black New Haven, Connecticut firefighter has filed a federal lawsuit against the city over a promotion exam that was the subject of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June.
Firefighter Michael Briscoe alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday in New Haven federal court that the city wrongly gives more weight to the test’s written part than the oral section, and that scoring method has a disparate effect on African-Americans.
Briscoe says he received the top score on the oral part of a 2003 test for lieutenant, but he wouldn’t have been promoted under the city’s scoring method. He’s seeking the promotion and backpay.
A message was left for a city spokeswoman Thursday.
The Supreme Court ruled in June that city officials were wrong to scrap the 2003 test results because too few minorities would have been promoted.
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