New Orleans and Louisiana to pay multi-million dollar discrimination judgment

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A racial discrimination lawsuit will cost the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana some 3 million dollars.

The city and the state will foot the bill for most of a nearly 3.4 million-dollar judgment awarded to 36 former employees of the New Orleans district attorney's office.

Thirty-five of the employees are white, one is Hispanic. They were fired and replaced by black employees shortly after Eddie Jordan took over as the city's first black district attorney in 2003.

Jordan stepped down from the post last week, but says race played no role in the firings.

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