A city audit said the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department’s promotional exam process should be revamped to avoid errors like those that resulted in a successful lawsuit against the city last year.
Last year, a jury concluded that the 2008 promotional lieutenant exam contained errors that discriminated against candidates based on their age, an SF Gate article reported (http://bit.ly/1gBLrd2). In that case, the jury awarded 15 current and retired firefighters a total of $3.7 million in back pay and damages.
Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White has defended the 2008 exam, but firefighters have demanded the city revamp the process.
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The department is facing several other high-profile legal challenges, including one in which a motorcyclist was injured when he was struck by a San Francisco fire truck driven by an allegedly drunken firefighter and a lawsuit filed by the parents of a teenager who was killed when she was run over by fire apparatus at the scene of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport.