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Aurora settles minority firefighters’ discrimination lawsuit

Author: Associated Press - April 27, 2018 - Updated: April 27, 2018

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AURORA — The city of Aurora will pay $480,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by four minority firefighters who say they were discriminated against.

The Sentinel reported Thursday that the city has also agreed to implement diversity training, develop a mentorship program and work closely with a black firefighters association.

David Lane, the lawyer who represented the four firefighters, said the payout shows the city knew a jury would side with the firefighters. One of his clients still works for the department.

The city denies any wrongdoing in the settlement. City Attorney Mike Hyman said a trial would have been costly.
Department statistics say the Aurora Fire Department was made up of 80 percent white men last year.

Associated Press