A federal judge dissolved a 42-year-old minority hiring decree in the Chicago Fire Department.
It came at the request of federal prosecutors and attorneys for the City of Chicago.
The mandate focused on minority hiring in ranking positions, but a federal court found that minority representation had increased substantially since the decree was first introduced in 1980.
An excerpt from the order read:
“The Court also finds that City of Chicago has made good-faith efforts to comply with the Decree, and dissolution of the Decree will not limit or hamper future challenges to alleged employment discrimination in the CFD.”
Several Black retirees told the Tribune the decision is upsetting, noting that there are many high-ranking minorities, but the number of minority entry-level personnel is down.
In a statement to the paper, the city’s law department lauded the end of the decree. “The dismissal of the decree will enable the city to efficiently retire current eligibility lists when appropriate and adopt new lists expeditiously. The city remains committed to ongoing progress.”