Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents – The Washington Post

Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents – The Washington Post – As part of the deal, which is the result of a push in the waning days of the Obama administration, the agency admits to no wrongdoing or institutional bias. But the payments to the agents — including lump sums as high as $300,000 each to the original eight plaintiffs — are intended to remedy the sting of the discrimination the agents say they suffered and the job opportunities they lost, according to interviews with representatives from both sides. Jennifer Klar, the lead attorney for the black agents, described her clients as thrilled with a result they hope will prevent future discrimination in the agency. “At long last . . . black Secret Service agents will not be constrained by the glass ceiling that held back so many for so long,” Klar said. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, whose department includes the agency, said in a statement that the resolution was “simply the right thing to do.”

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