Oyster Bay cracks, agrees to settle pension lawsuit

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The Oyster Bay Fire Department on Long Island has agreed to settle an EEOC class-action age discrimi­nation suit that alleges that older firefighters illegally lost out on pension benefits.

The fire department—along with Atlantic Steamer Fire Company No. 1, the town of Oyster Bay and the villages of Oyster Bay Cove, Laurel Hollow, Mill Neck and Cove Neck—will pay 31 firefighters a total of $279,600.

They will also receive larger monthly pension checks.

The EEOC’s suit alleged that a policy change meant firefighters over age 62 missed out on credits for length of service, which wound up reducing their pensions. The firefighters' lawsuit said that was a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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