- Associated Press - Thursday, June 15, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - A prosecutor says New York City has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Transportation.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said Thursday that supervisors in the department had discriminated against minorities for nearly a decade.

He says they tolerated the use of racial epithets and excluded minorities from preferred assignments and promotions.

As a result of the settlement, 14 employees will be getting back pay and compensatory damages ranging from $60,000 to over $168,000.

Prosecutors said the individual who first notified the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the discrimination will receive $150,000. The settlement requires the city to take steps to comply with anti-discrimination laws when it promotes employees.

City law office spokesman Nick Paolucci said the city fully cooperated to reach a fair resolution.

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