White Seattle firefighter Kevin Dumont felt he got passed over for a job as fireboat engineer when then-Fire Chief Gary Morris instead appointed a black firefighter who'd scored lower on the job exam. Dumont filed a lawsuit in 2006, but it got tossed out by the trial court. Dumont appealed. And today the Division I Court of Appeals said he deserves a day in court to make his case.
Among the court's notable findings: "In every single instance that Chief Morris promoted someone other than the top-scoring applicant, he promoted a member of a racial or ethnic minority over a white male. Dumont has presented evidence on summary judgment that the converse is not the case: in no instance did Chief Morris deviate from the Civil Service Commission rankings to promote a white person over a minority person. Moreover, Dumont presented evidence that Chief Morris also never promoted a lower-ranked white person over another, higher-ranked white person."
According to Fritz Wollett, one of the attorneys who handled the case for the city attorney's office, "We are reviewing the opinion and seriously considering asking the Supreme Court to review the matter." Full decision here.