Spaghetti, Firefighters and Dog Food

I ran across this news report from 2007 while on the net the other day. According to Action 5 News in Memphis, TN, “The city will pay $1.43 million to settle claims by a black firefighter who said he suffered harassment and discrimination after co-workers served him spaghetti laced with dog food, officials announced Friday.

“Tennie Pierce will receive $60,000 in back pay and drop all claims against the city of Los Angeles.

“Tennie Pierce’s lawsuit was to go to trial Monday.

“As part of the settlement, Pierce will receive about $60,000 in back pay, City Clerk Frank Martinez said in a statement. Pierce, who has been on unpaid leave, also agreed to resign from the Fire Department and drop all claims against the city.

“The $1.3 million payment is considerably less than a $2.7 million settlement the City Council agreed to pay Pierce last year. That deal was later vetoed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa when photos surfaced on a Web site showing Pierce participating in hazing pranks.

‘Today’s agreement is the best possible outcome for the taxpayers. It reduces the original settlement by nearly half, while protecting Angelenos from further liability,’ Villaraigosa said.

“Last week, legal experts warned the City Council that Pierce’s lawsuit could cost the city more than $7 million if it goes to trial.”

Can someone say “mediation” and “there’s more to this story”!!

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