FDNY reaches settlement in discrimination lawsuit

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — New York City and a black firefighters’ group that had filed a racial discrimination suit say minority fire department applicants will be eligible to receive back pay totaling $98 million.

The settlement was announced Tuesday by the city and lawyers for the group, the Vulcan Society.

It covers black and Hispanic firefighter applicants who took two civil service exams in 1999 and 2002.

The city says the figure includes back pay, fringe benefits and interest to the test takers.

Among other things, the FDNY will create an executive position for diversity.

“This resolution will help ensure that those who seek to serve as firefighters in New York City have an equal opportunity to do so, regardless of their race,” said Associate Attorney General Tony West.

The settlement pre-empts a trial that had been scheduled to start this month in the 7-year-old case.