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Port St.Lucie, FL

This is a settlement for the Discrimination lawsuit.

Port St.Lucie, FL: (May-09-07) City employee Julie Kimble and three meter readers under her supervision filed a federal lawsuit against the city in September 2006, alleging that they faced racial discrimination, in part by a supervisor who allegedly called them the "dark side" and "Aunt Jemima." All four employees claimed that the city treated them differently because of their race as three are black, and one is Hispanic. Kimble, who was in the Army Reserves, claimed that she was ordered to active duty in January 2003, and upon her return in December 2004, found she was demoted from her supervisor position and replaced by a non-minority man. Kimball alleged the city violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by demoting her. The workers, who were hired in 1999 or earlier, alleged that non-minority employees with less experience and seniority were promoted instead of them. In a settlement reached with Kimble, the city agreed to pay her $60,000 to resolve her racial discrimination claim. As part of the settlement, she will release the city from any further legal claims. [TCPALM NEWS: ACTIVE DUTY DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on May-9-07


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