NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A group of 911 operators suing the NYPD and the city scored a legal victory this week.
The employees sued two years ago, accusing the NYPD of forcing them to work 16- and even 24-hour shifts with barely any breaks, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.READ MORE: Man Who Died After Being Found On Sunrise Highway May Have Been Hit-And-Run Victim, LI Police Say
They accused supervisors of racial discrimination because 95 percent of the operators are black and Hispanic.
The city’s attorneys say there’s no proof race had anything to do with it, but the plaintiffs point to comments NYPD supervisors allegedly made, including, “You people are useless.”READ MORE: Police: Woman Wanted For Punching MTA Bus Driver In Manhattan
That could point toward bias, Judge Pamela Chen noted in granting the case class-action status Monday. That means more than 1,000 operators can join the lawsuit, said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Sam Maduegbuna.
“Which means they can stop what they have considered to be unlawful and discriminatory practices that’s been going on for years, even decades,” he said.MORE NEWS: Lionel Virgile, Accused Of Throwing Bleach And Molotov Cocktail At NYPD, Facing Federal Charges
The city said it’s evaluating the issues outlined in the court’s decision.