NYC reaches $29.1 million settlement with FDNY workers in discrimination lawsuit

By Thomas Tracy and Larry McShane | August 26, 2023

A Manhattan federal appeals court upheld a multimillion-dollar jury verdict ordering the city to compensate FDNY paramedics and EMTs for unpaid work done before and after their scheduled shifts.

The 40-page Friday decision by the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals declined to reverse a 2019 federal jury verdict that the city had violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act by stiffing the 2,519 plaintiffs, with compensation set at nearly $18 million.

“This is excellent news for the plaintiffs, and for all EMTs and paramedics who work for the city, risking their lives on a daily basis to protect the citizens of New York,” said Oren Barzilay, president of EMS Local 2507.

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