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Lawsuit burns Teaneck Fire Department … yet again

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

Teaneck Township will pay $750,000 to a firefighter to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, its second large settlement in a year. Its deputy fire chief will personally pay an additional $8,000, although neither he nor the township has admitted wrongdoing. As part of the settlement agreement, the firefighter will retire.

The plaintiff, one of only six black members of the 100-member department, alleged that the deputy chief used racial slurs in reference to him and called black people “monkeys” in front of his children and others at a firefighters’ barbecue. The lawsuit alleged that when he complained, he faced retaliation from the department.

The township is still stinging from a $2.3 million settlement of harassment and retaliation lawsuits brought by another firefighter in 2006.  

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