A city audit released this week faults the Los Angeles Fire Department for its disciplinary process, which, the report says, has allowed cultural and racial tensions to persist. Among cases cited in the latest audit, a firefighter told two Jewish firefighters he would “stick them in the oven,” and later pushed a bench toward one of the men after he filed a discrimination complaint. A station captain failed to take action and department investigators didn’t follow through with their investigation. In another incident, a firefighter should have received time off for using a racial epithet, but was only issued a written reprimand. The department says they embrace the report and acknowledge changes need to be made, but these problems mirror repeated complaints in the department going back to audits from 1994.
Genethia Hudley-Hayes, president of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Los Angeles Fire Department
Pat McOsker, president of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City