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Florida Fire Dept. Settles Race Bias Claims for $4.9M

July 26, 2018, 8:25 PM

Claims of racial bias in fire department promotions resulted in a $4.9 million settlement by Jacksonville, Fla., the U.S. Justice Department said July 26.

The settlement resolves a trio of lawsuits brought by a local firefighters’ union, the Jacksonville branch of the NAACP, and individual firefighters, along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They alleged the department used promotion practices between 2004 and 2011 that resulted in discrimination against black candidates.

The settlement calls for the department to revise the tests it uses in selecting candidates for certain promotions and to offer promotions to qualified black employees. These terms are...

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