Wednesday, October 18, 2017
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KCFD LOSES EPIC DISCRIMINATION CASE!!!
Last week our blog community offered FIRST WORD about The Kansas City Fire Department confronting the consequences of discriminatory practices and now here's an EXCLUSIVE REPORT on the damage . . .
In a groundbreaking case of discrimination and failure to promote an African-American worker, the KCFD lost an EPIC case this week.
Here's the word:
"The jury awarded $356,694.69 for lost wages and future lost pension."
More word and reporting coming soon but this bit of legal consequences should inspire local leaders to look at the culture of the KCFD and it's legacy. Fact is, cronyism and family connections have dominated the department and THWARTED THE CAREERS OF ALL FIRST RESPONDERS OF EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC.
Translation: This isn't just a Black Vs. White problem but a systemic "old school" issue that many firefighters have battled against.
To be fair, there have been quite a few reformers who have challenged leadership and worked to create an environment that awards merit rather than political connections mostly held among a small circle of legacy leaders. Nevertheless, those efforts have yet to evoke change throughout the organization and now KCFD confronts courtroom battles because of their failure to adapt.
Developing . . .