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. 

VIEW: Justice Department’s 2012 release on discrimination lawsuit

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.