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State Trooper Vets Get $15M Deal For Denied Preference

Law360, New York (May 8, 2017, 4:30 PM EDT) -- The state of Washington will pay at least $13 million in cash and contribute at least $2 million in benefits to settle a class action alleging it violated federal law by denying hiring and promotion preference to military veterans, four firms representing the vets said Monday.

The state will pay cash to current and former Washington State Patrol troopers covering back pay and benefits for periods in which the veterans were denied promotions or employment, under a settlement agreement reached Friday. It will also backdate the seniority dates for the veterans, boosting their collective retirement benefits by an estimated $2 million....

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