Suit Claims Black Firefighters Are Discriminated Against

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) - A federal court lawsuit claims the City of Cleveland discriminates against black firefighters in promotions.

The suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court asks that the court block promotional exams scheduled for Saturday until the testing methods can be looked into and another firm hired to administer them.

The 10 firefighters who brought the suit said blacks make up just 21 percent of the firefighters and 13 percent of the supervisors in a city with a 52 percent black population. U.S. District Judge Paul Matia will decide whether to postpone the tests.

"These are honorable men," said the firefighters' attorney, Dennis Thompson. "They're not looking for an advantage. They don't want to fight with the city. They just want to be treated fairly."

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