Fire Service Leadership: When Words Become Weapons, Part 3

By Dennis Rubin In this series, Dennis Rubin recounts his experiences being brought to trial on charges of reverse discrimination. Read part one HERE and part two HERE. The other documents in this case targeted by the plaintiffs' attorneys were the various promotional announcement memos that were distributed to all members of the department. The focus was on the last sentence in the first paragraph of the promotional memos, which read, "The system that has been chosen will allow me the opportunity to select the most likely candidates that will be successful in these positions while protecting the rich diversity of this organization." I was directed to read this statement into th...

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