Philly Fesses Up to Settling White Firefighter Bias Suit

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were the victims of discrimination, the city of Philadelphia revealed that it paid $275,000 to settle similar claims by five firemen alleging they were wrongly passed over for promotion.

Philadelphia released documents Wednesday revealing that it settled the discrimination lawsuit earlier this year, extinguishing allegations that the fire department manipulated examinations in order to promote black firefighters to the position of captain at white candidates’ expense, Reuters reported.

Judge Norma L. Shapiro...
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