Camden settles race bias case for $1.15 million

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Two black deputy fire chiefs have accepted a $1.15 million settlement to end their race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the city of Camden and two Camden fire chiefs.

According to the suit, the two experienced a hostile work environment after they filed race discrimination charges in 2001.

Following that lawsuit, they claim they were charged with unwarranted disciplinary infractions, had their duties and assignments altered, were humiliated in meetings and saw their overtime opportunities disappear.

The city and fire chiefs initially claimed the suits were without merit and that all steps they took were out of business necessity. Then they settled. Under the agreement, all supervisory personnel will undergo diversity training.

One of the fire chiefs has already retired, and the other plans to retire later this year.

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