Sunday, March 15, 2015
An Asian firefighter wannabe is suing the FDNY over its physical exam, saying that it discriminates against minorities — because their lungs aren’t as big as those of white people
Rickey Lall, 32, who is of Indian ancestry and lives in The Bronx, claims in his Manhattan Supreme Court suit that he passed all the city Fire Department’s entrance exams in 2013 with flying colors except for a pulmonary-function test administered to detect lung disease. Lall says that the test’s metrics are unfair because studies show “there are differences in normal lung volumes among various ethnic or racial groups." Blacks and Asians, for example, have a 12% lower volume, his suit states.