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April 18, 2014, 4:27 pm

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Aldermen Consider Settling Racial Discrimination Case


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Springfield aldermen will soon decide whether to settle a case of reverse discrimination worth $150,000.

 

The ordinance on first reading for Tuesday’s city council meeting would settle the case where police officers claim they were discriminated against because of their race.

 

The three officers worked for the police department for a stint, voluntarily left, and then came back for a much longer period of time.

 

Mayor Mike Houston says that the case is one where the complainants, three white police officers, claim they were treated unfairly when they compared their benefits and pay to another minority officer who was in a similar situation. 

 

Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen says the case goes back to 2004 and that their claim was based on what the policies were at the time and that nobody was singled out for discriminatory action.

 

Cullen also says that the policy hasn’t been cleared up yet because they were all part of a collective bargaining agreement and the policies are not something the city can unilaterally change.

 

Two of the three officers are retired from the police department. The third is still employed with Springfield PD.

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