Feds, city reach tentative settlement in JFRD discrimination lawsuit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A tentative settlement has been reached in a federal discrimination lawsuit against the the city of Jacksonville's Fire and Rescue Department, according to court documents obtained Monday.
Both sides will work this week toward a written agreement, Judge Timothy Corrigan wrote in an order vacating next month's status hearing.
In the lawsuit filed in 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice said a three-year investigation found that employment discrimination against African-Americans in the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically in tests for promotions.
Last year, a tentative agreement was reached in a lawsuit on the same grounds filed against the city in 2013 by the NAACP and the Jacksonville Brotherhood of Firefighters.
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