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Reverse Discrimination

Mobile, AL: (Oct-17-07) William Glisson, a white firefighter, brought a lawsuit against the city, alleging that he faced reverse discrimination while he was at work at the department. He also claimed that he lost a promotion to a black firefighter because of race. As part of a settlement reached, city officials approved of paying Glisson $42,500, resolving the claims.

Records show that the city also settled a claim by another white firefighter, Paul Smith, for $90,000. Glisson and Smith were the sixth and seventh reverse discrimination plaintiffs to take action against the Fire Rescue Department in the past four years. The city agreed in 2005 to pay $300,000 to Alan Silvester, a white man who failed to win a promotion to fire administrator. That settlement came as the city was appealing a 2004 verdict in Silvester's favor. 2006 saw the city payout over $120,000 to four white firefighters who failed to win the promotion to a district chief position that went to a black man the Mobile County Personnel Board ranked lower. In the most recent cases, Smith and Glisson alleged that race was the deciding factor in Fire Rescue Department Chief Steve Dean's decision to bypass them for promotion to deputy chief positions. [NBC NEWS: REVERSE DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Oct-19-07


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