Facebook Recruitment Call for Houston Fire Department Sparks Controversy

A controversial recruitment call that was posted on Facebook by a member of Houston’s Human Resources Department, who was once a captain with HFD, has created a fallout, reports KTRK-TV Houston.

City officials insist that all departments are equal opportunity employers. But some of those officials are calling one recruiter’s actions inappropriate.

Former firefighter Dwight Allen works as a recruiter for the city. He was one of seven Houston firefighters to sue the city in 2009, claiming its written tests were unfair to African Americans. The city later settled.

Now, Allen has put a letter on his personal Facebook page. It reminds readers of the application deadlines and requirements and then says:

“We would like to flood the exam with members from our family and neighborhoods with over 50-60 percent taking the test looking just like us or from our neighborhood. Please help me to make this happen!!!”

The post ends with his official title and phone number.

“If someone wants to post something like that on their own, it’s certainly their business, but I think leaving the HR title on there could’ve been seen as something that we probably did not want,” said Allen’s boss, human resource director Omar Reid.

“When we saw the posting, we asked Mr. Allen to remove the posting and at that point he comply with removing the posting,” Reid said.

“He did offer his resignation and we have not made a determination one way or another.”

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