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Fire Department of New York Settles Employment Lawsuit for a Million Dollars

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The Fire Department of New York has agreed to pay $ 1 million to settle a discrimination - based employment lawsuit that was brought by five employees who claimed that they were denied promotions, in spite of excellent performance on the job, because of their gender.

The lawsuit was filed by five female members of the Fire Department of New York emergency medical service, who claimed that they were denied promotions, and passed over when promotional opportunities came around, in spite of the fact that they had excellent scores on promotional evaluations. The women were able to prove, that in fact they did have better credentials than many of the male employees and colleagues, who were promoted in their place.

The lawsuit named the Fire Department of New York, the City of New York, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as the former Fire Department of New York commissioner.

The Fire Department has now agreed to pay $ 1.06 million in compensatory damages. The money will compensate for the difference in salary had the women been promoted, and means that the women will now enjoy pensions that correspond to their increased salary.

As very often happens in settlements like this, the Fire Department of New York has also agreed to increase its investments in eliminating gender discrimination in the workplace. The Fire Department has agreed to increase its efforts to educate women about promotional opportunities, and to educate women about the rights that they have to appeal, if they feel that they have been unfairly passed over for promotions. However, as part of the settlement, the Department will not admit any guilt or wrongdoing.

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