A federal commission has concluded that the Los Angeles Fire Department has engaged in a pattern of discrimination, harassment and retaliation against black and women firefighters.
A letter to the department obtained by the Los Angeles Times said an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded there was sufficient evidence to show the department violated federal civil rights laws.
The letter said the department specifically violated the rights of a black woman who was denied a transfer after she complained of harassment.
The City Council announced late last month that it would pay black firefighter Tennie Pierce 1.4 million dollars to settle his discrimination lawsuit.
Pierce sued after fellow firefighters laced his spaghetti with dog food in 2004.