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The City of Jacksonville Agrees to Pay $4.9 Million to Settle Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

July 30, 2018

The Department of Justice today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with the City of Jacksonville, Florida (the “City”) to resolve allegations that the City’s promotional practices for positions in the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) violated Title VII. In a joint motion filed by the parties the Justice Department, the City, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and various private plaintiffs asked the court to enter a provisional order that sets out the terms of the settlement agreement. Under the terms of the settlement, the City agrees to develop new promotional examinations for the selection of certain positions in the JFRD. The City also will offer settlement promotions to qualified African Americans and will establish a $4.9 million settlement fund for eligible claimants.