Swedish firefighter wins affirmative action suit

He was told that he “wasn’t qualified” because the jobs were “reserved for women and people with foreign backgrounds”.

A Swedish firefighter who filed a discrimination lawsuit after being denied a job because he had the “wrong” gender and ethnicity has been awarded 100,000 kronor ($16,000) in compensation.

“This is literally speaking a 100 percent victory,” Clarence Crafoord, head of the Centre for Justice (Centrum för rättvisa), in a statement.

Crafoord represented firefighter Simon Wallmark in his case against the Södertörns Brandförsvarsförbund (SBFF), a fire department responsible for a number of Stockholm’s southern suburbs.

Wallmar sued the fire department in July 2011 after being denied a position as a summer trainee, despite having the required vocational training as well as previous work experience.


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