San Francisco, California, might provide a safe harbor for illegal aliens looking to evade the law, but it is doing little to safeguard the right of 13 white male cops to move up the career ladder based on merit – with less-qualified minority and female candidates receiving promotions over them.
“The city – to this day – has a long-standing practice and custom of discriminating against white males in SFPD promotions to the rank of sergeant, lieutenant and captain,” the 13 policemen's attorney, M. Greg Mullanax, stated in the lawsuit, according to Townhall.
Reverse discrimination OK?
Yet San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s spokesman, John Coté, defended the politically correct racial discrimination.
“[The San Francisco Police Department] uses lawful, merit-based civil service examinations in making promotions,” Coté said in a statement, according to the Chronicle. “[The system is] designed to provide qualified individuals with the chance for advancement, while ensuring fair treatment without regard to race, gender, religion, age or other status.”
In the lawsuit, the officers from the San Francisco Police Department alleged in federal court earlier this week that the City of San Francisco discriminated against them by refusing to promote them in favor of minority candidates – and decades ago, minorities were the ones filing suit over discrimination in hiring and promotion practices.
“The lawsuit – filed Tuesday in federal court – is the latest round of a conflict that dates back at least to 1973, when an organization representing black and female officers sued the San Francisco police force for discrimination in hiring and promotions,” the San Francisco Chronicle explained. “The city settled the case in 1979 by taking steps to increase diversity, including the ‘banding’ of promotional test results so that all candidates who scored within a certain range were treated the same, allowing them to be judged on other factors such as experience and language skills.”
However, this practice ended up hiring and promoting individuals with lower scores over higher-performing candidates.
“Federal courts upheld banding in 1992 in the face of a lawsuit by the San Francisco Police Officers Association, which argued that the practice discriminated against whites,” the Chronicle’s Bob Egelko recounted. “The U.S. Justice Department reviewed the Police Department in 2016 and commended it for the increased diversity in its workforce – with nearly 49 percent nonwhites and 15 percent women, both above national averages – but said improvements were still needed – particularly in promotions.”
Today, the system continues to perpetuate discrimination.
“But the 1979 settlement with minority and female officers expired in 1998, and Tuesday’s suit is the latest to claim that the department’s continuation of its test-scoring policies is both unfair and illegal,” Egelko noted. “Mullanax said in the 2016 promotional exam for lieutenant, banding was used to promote all three black sergeants who applied – even though their scores were lower than those of 11 white candidates who were denied promotions. A similar procedure was used to promote four women, while passing over seven men with higher scores ‘so the Police Department could accomplish its gender-biased agenda,’ the suit said.”
He we go again
A decade and a half ago, Caucasian cops won a similar suit.
“The lead plaintiff, Lt. Ric Schiff, was denied a promotion to captain in favor of women and minority candidates with lower scores, the suit said,” Egelko informed. “Schiff, 59 – an officer since 1985 – was the lead plaintiff in a 2003 lawsuit on behalf of 12 sergeants who accused the police force of discriminating in favor of black candidates for lieutenant by banding the top 97 test scores and bypassing white, Latino and Asian American officers with higher scores. The city – without any acknowledgment of wrongdoing – settled the lawsuit for $1.6 million, giving $200,000 to Schiff, who was later promoted to lieutenant.”
It was stressed in the lawsuit that gender discrimination is as pervasive and unfair at the department as racial discrimination.
“[S]omehow, a female 22 positions down the list – who, in rank order, would not have received a promotion based on merit – received a first-round promotion,” the lawsuit argues. “In fact, four of the 12 females promoted would not have received jobs had not a gender-oriented promotional process been utilized. Seven males were passed over for promotion so the Police Department could accomplish its gender biased agenda.”