Buffalo Firefighters Win Lawsuit against City

White firefighters claimed they were passed over in promotions.
SHANNON ROSS, WIVB Published Thursday, February 9, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Twelve Buffalo firefighters have won their discrimination case against the city.

State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek has ordered the city and the Buffalo Fire Department to pay the plaintiffs more than $2 million in damages.

The firefighters, who are white, claimed they were passed over for promotions so the city could promote more African Americans.

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Many of the firefighters involved in the case do not believe the awards are enough.

Buffalo Firefighters Win Lawsuit against City

White firefighters claimed they were passed over in promotions.
Many of the firefighters involved in the case do not believe the awards are enough.

12 Buffalo Firefighters Awarded More Than $2 Million in Discrimination Case


Twelve Buffalo firefighters have won their discrimination case against the city. State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek has ordered the city and the Buffalo Fire Department to pay the plaintiffs more than $2 million in damages. The firefighters, who are white, claimed they were passed over for promotions so the city could promote more African Americans. Emotional damage awards range from $20,000 to $30,000, and general damages related to pay range from $49,000 to $500,000 for each firefighter. Many of those involved in the case do not believe the damages are enough.