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Philly firefighters settle suit over racist web posting

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A group of black Philadelphia firefighters known as Club Valients and the NAACP have settled their lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia concerning racist comments that appeared on the web site of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22.

The suit alleged white firefighters used city computers to make the postings, which referred to blacks as “apes” and mocked black slang.

Philadelphia has agreed to pay $15,000 in legal fees and repost the ban on using city computers to post racist materials.

That suit is ongoing.

Note: This case shows that employers are ultimately responsible for information disseminated on their computers.

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