FDNY Workers Win $29.1 Million Settlement in Discrimination Lawsuit Settlement

Larry McShane
New York Daily News

Hundreds of mostly minority FDNY fire inspectors won a $29.1 million dollar settlement from the city Thursday in a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in their pay compared with other city agencies.

“Our fire inspectors protect the lives and property of New Yorkers every day, and this settlement is a chance to benefit and also finally acknowledge the livesaving work of those that have been harmed by the city’s pay practices,” said Oren Barzilay, president of EMT Local 2507.

“Hopefully these decisions will help other workers recover fair pay in the future.”

The agreement in the federal case will award each worker involved in the lawsuit between $30,000 and $35,000 after legal fees and other expenses are paid from the fund. The plaintiffs alleged an annual pay gap of $9,000 compared with city Buildings Department workers with similar jobs.

“NYC is a place of equal opportunity, and we do not support or condone discrimination of any kind within our workforce,” said a statement from the city Law Department. “This settlement brings a long standing case to a close by providing a resolution that is in the best interest of both parties.”

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