Mayor Shoots Down $2.7M Harassment Settlement

Law360, New York (November 21, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has vetoed a $2.7 million settlement with an African-American firefighter who was served dog food in his spaghetti, saying new information had come to light that “merits a reexamination of the matter.”

“Given the magnitude of the recommended settlement, taxpayers have a right to demand a reconsideration with the full benefits of all the facts,” Villaraigosa said Monday, referring to pictures that recently emerged that showed the firefighter, Tennie Pierce, possibly hazing other colleagues in previous incidents.

The City Council, which...
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