Secret Service Reaches $24M Settlement in Agent Discrimination Case
Initially filed in 2000, a years-long lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents is closing in a settlement.
The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents reached a settlement agreement requiring the Secret Service to pay $24 million, but the agency would not have to admit any wrongdoing, also included are lump sum payments of up to $300,000 per agent. A court still needs to approve the settlement.
The Washington Post reports that the agreement calls for the Secret Service to pay $24 million, including lump sum payments as high as $300,000 per agent, but does not require the agency to admit wrongdoing.
In a statement late Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he was "pleased that we are able to finally put this chapter of Secret Service history behind us.
"Had the matter gone to trial," he wrote, "it would have required that we re-live things long past, just at a time when the Secret Service is on the mend" — a nod toward embarrassing scandals and incidents at the Secret Service over the past few years.
In 2000, several agents filed the complaint, stating they were routinely and unfairly overlooked for promotions as less-qualified white agents rose up in the department.
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