Public denied access to Mobile city bias settlement costs
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The city of Mobile is not letting the public
know how much it paid a white fire captain to settle his lawsuit of
The Mobile Register has requested details of a settlement
between the city and Alan Silvester, who won a $250,000 federal
reverse discrimination lawsuit against the city last year. The city
appealed the lawsuit, but the two sides settled before the appeal
was heard, and the final settlement was kept secret.
The newspaper has asked to see the agreement, arguing it is in
the public's interest. The city argues the confidential settlement
is not covered by open records laws.
Register City Editor Dave Helms said Wednesday the newspaper
hasn't decided whether to sue over the secret agreement. Among the
newspaper's questions is whether the city's insurance covered the
In a letter to the newspaper, city attorney Paul Carbo argued
that disclosure would circumvent the point of out-of-court
"Part of the rationale is that by maintaining confidentiality
this encourages resolution of lawsuits, which is favored over going
to trial," Carbo wrote.
Silvester sued Mobile in 2002, arguing he was passed over for a
promotion in favor of a black colleague with substantially less
Jurors in February 2004 concluded that the Fire-Rescue
Department discriminated against him based on race and then
retaliated against him for suing. The settlement came as part of
mediation ordered by the appellate court.
Information from: The Mobile Register
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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06-23-2005, 04:25 AM #1
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06-23-2005, 07:35 AM #2
You think people would learn not to even think about usin race as a factor for anything. There is WAY too much case law about discrimination of any kind.
Then to be so stupid so as to harrass and pressure a guy for doing what is right. Again, there is way too much case law on the guy's side.
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