MFRD Chief Pick Sued City For Discrimination

MFRD Chief Pick Sued City For Discrimination

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According to federal court filings Randy Smith and another firefighter sued the City of Mobile and Mobile County Personnel Board in 2006.  The complaint alleges former Mayor Sam Jones, former Fire Chief Stephen Dean and unnamed members of the city council exerted pressure to promote black firefighters ahead of white firefighters. 

According to federal court records the case was dismissed.  Apparently a settlement was reached where Smith was promoted and received an $80,000 settlement.  City Spokesman George Talbot says Stimpson was aware of the suit before making Smith his pick.  You can read the suit allegations here.  Terms of the settlement are listed here.  

There are several key allegations in this suit.  It claimed procedures were in place “to preferentially promote African-Americans over its Caucasian employees.”  It said that the city was “reducing the minimum qualification for numerous jobs.” 

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