Cleveland Firefighters Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

A race discrimination lawsuit that has embroiled the Cleveland Fire Department has been settled, NewsChannel5 reported.

A lawsuit by black firefighters who said they were denied promotions based on the results of a Civil Service test has been settled.

Records filed in U.S. District Court said the city attorneys and firefighters reached an agreement to settle and dismiss appeals in a lawsuit.

The firefighters said they were graded poorly because of subjective or opinion based grading style and then not promoted.

"We need to revamp our promotional system and revamp our entrance exam," said Brian Arnold, president of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters.

The agreement means 11 black firefighters will now become lieutenants, three will be promoted to captain and two to battalion chief.

Union leaders said not all black firefighters supported the lawsuit.

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