NYC, Fire Inspectors Reach $29 Million Deal to End Pay Bias Suit

By Patrick Dorrian

  • Atypical suit includes racially mixed class of plaintiffs
  • Deal covers past unequal pay, pay raise going forward

New York City will pay approximately 500 fire protection inspectors more than $29 million to end a class lawsuit alleging race discrimination has caused them to be paid less than the city’s predominantly White building inspectors, despite performing comparable work.

The named plaintiffs—five FPIs in the New York Fire Department and AFSCME District Council 37 Local 2507—asked the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday to preliminarily approve the settlement. The case is somewhat unusual in that the plaintiff class of workers includes both minority and White FPIs. The court denied the city’s motion to …

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